Owner of Sudbury home improvement business charged with fraud
CTV News Northern Ontario
Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:09PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:40AM EDT
Between September 2018 and May 2019 the Greater Sudbury Police Service received a number of complaints in relation to EcoLife Home Improvements Incorporated. Multiple community members alleged that after providing monetary deposits for home renovation projects, the contracted work was never completed.
The numerous allegations were directed to the Greater Sudbury Police Service Criminal Investigations Division Fraud Unit and an investigation was initiated coinciding with an investigation by the Consumer Protection Bureau.
On Thursday, May 30, 2019, 46-year old, David Murray, owner of EcoLife Home Improvements Incorporated was arrested and charged with 20 counts of Fraud Over $5,000 and three counts of Fraud Under $5,000.
He was released on a Promise to Appear with a First Appearance Court Date of July 3, 2019.
As a homeowner considering renovation projects such as new windows, siding, shingles, decks etc. ensure that you protect yourself and your property by doing your research prior to signing a contract or providing a down payment.
You can do so by entering a business name or an individual’s name into the search engine of your computer. You may also want to check the company's Facebook page (or other social media profiles such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.).
Prior to providing payment for home renovation products or services:
- Know your rights
- Research the company
- Verify applicable licencing
- Ask for identification and references
- Obtain everything in writing
- If you feel uncomfortable, end the interaction
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's slogan is: Recognize. Reject. Report.
If you recognize red flags of a potential scam, or have a gut feeling that something is wrong, reject the offer. Then report it.
For more information on how to protect yourself from frauds and scams, visit: Anti-Fraud Centre