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Re: manufactured home scam

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Posted by screaminghollow on December 20, 2003 at 01:41:26 from (

In Reply to: manufactured home scam posted by deadcarp on December 18, 2003 at 21:04:24:

Here in PA the gov't hasn't yet seen fit to license home builders or home improvement contractors. As a result, any idiot with a $2 hammer can be a "contractor" the courts are full of cases against the fly by nights and the folks rarely get any money back. Worse, the state consumer affairs office almost never does a thing. The local district attorney won't do anything unless there is a documented pattern. The police won't bring charges if any portion of the contract was performed. I had a case where the couple paid a "contractor" $5,900 as a down payment for an addition. The guy left a couple of used 2x4's and a box of nails, and of course they never saw him again. Cops said he had started to perform, they couldn't do a thing. If I could prove he did this to anyone else, the DA might consider bringing charges. These guys know they won't be prosecuted and the gov't officials don't care.

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