Thursday, August 31, 2017

'Horror Stories' Prompt Bold, Direct Action

New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) commended New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs for taking legal action against two contractorsaccused of fraud against Sandy-impacted homeowners.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” has awaited action by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee since June 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
“I applaud Attorney General Porrino and his team for taking legal action against two more fraudulent Sandy contractors. I have met with the Attorney General and Director of Consumer Affairs as well as Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Chuck Richman several times regarding CRA and TMB Services,” Beck said. “These predatory contractors must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed against vulnerable homeowners looking to get their lives back.”

The complaints were filed separately in Superior Courts in Monmouth and Ocean counties alleging that CRA and TMB took money from consumers, including RREM funding, for construction on Sandy-damaged homes and failed to begin or complete projects.

“We have received numerous fraud complaints from home owners but I believe TMB and CRA are some of the most egregious cases. These companies defrauded dozens of Sandy homeowners by failing to finish projects and performing shoddy work. Families have come to me with horror stories about their foundations cracking and houses being left totally uninhabitable and open to the elements for months. Contractors preying on Sandy homeowners like this should be prosecuted, and I am glad the Attorney General continues to hold them accountable,” Beck added.

In 2015, Beck introduced the “Superstorm Sandy Homeowner’s Protection Act,” S-532, which expands the Consumer Fraud Act and provides more recourse for Sandy survivors. She has requested the bill be posted for a vote on six separate occasions, in addition to countless telephone, email, and personal requests.

“There are still hundreds of homeowners who have dealt with predatory contractors that need our help,” Beck concluded. “I continue to personally advocate for Sandy survivors and call on my Senate colleagues to put my Sandy Homeowner’s Protection Act up for a vote as soon as possible.”

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