If it seems too good to be true, there’s a fair share of New Yorkers who can now tell you that it probably is. Authorities say that northern New York residents in the North Country and Binghamton areas who thought they were getting a deal on driveway paving – thanks to a seemingly courteous paving company and “leftover” material – ended up paying far above market price in the end.
According to an Oct. 25, 2017 press release from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Tri-State Paving’s principals will have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in penalties and restitution after allegedly approaching homeowners with the promise of a cut-rate driveway paving service. This stems from the fact that the company had seemingly leftover paving material close at hand and could offer the homeowners a good price on the job. However, this work was unauthorized in the eyes of New York state law, did not adhere to state rules regarding contracts and the price that was promised was well above the going rate; authorities say that some paid thousands of dollars for the work.
New York-based lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin, whose background in consumers’ rights law has benefited the countless clients who’ve trusted him to get results in court, says that the settlement that New York reached with the paving company’s owners is an encouraging development. According to the press release, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is similarly pleased with the outcome.
“Being ripped off by a home improvement contractor can be financially devastating for New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said in the release. “We’re requiring this business to return homeowners’ hard-earned money and pay a penalty to the state – while helping ensure they can’t defraud others. My office will continue to root out fraud and hold home improvement contractors accountable.”
Authorities say that the company not only ignored state rules surrounding home improvement work with a value of more than $500, but that this paving scheme went on for years until a May 2017 restraining order was put into effect. The investigation began, according to authorities, when law enforcement agencies across different New York jurisdictions realized that they were all dealing with similar complaints regarding the paving practices. In a case like this, where the company will fork over more than $33,000 in refunds and $10,000 to the state, lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin says that state prosecution is an encouraging outcome. However, there will be instances when private individuals need legal assistance. As a legal expert in the field of consumers’ rights, Mr. Benjamin can put his years of courtroom experience to work for you. Well-versed in contract cases and deceptive practice claims, Mr. Benjamin agrees that restitution in a case like this is what’s right for homeowners who thought they were getting a deal – but got ripped off in the end.