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Taking the money and not doing the work? Military vet claims rip off by “contractors” in New Brunswick

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The funds that were allegedly walked away with were from Steve Dawe's Canadian Forces disability payout

If you’re a bona fide, ethical contractor, please don’t read the comments underneath the below linked CBC news story out of Moncton, NB.They will just depress you. Once again, our entire industry is assailed by the general public because of the alleged disgraceful activities of two scam artists.

According to the CBC, the victim this time is military veteran Steve Dawe who, with his wife, were hoping to renovate their Moncton home to accommodate for their new baby. They hired contractors Marc Charles (also known as, “Mark Garland,” CBC reports) and Roger Leblanc. Charles has a history of being convicted of ripping off his customers: there are 2015 and 2018 court judgements against him.

The really sad part is that the $22,000 that Dawe says he is owed, came from his military DISABILITY payout. Disgusting.

Read the full story here.



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4 Comments » for Taking the money and not doing the work? Military vet claims rip off by “contractors” in New Brunswick
  1. Andy says:

    Hi. I’m electrical contractor since 1990.ESA become Ontario government agency on 2007 by introducing contract licensing program.since then licensing and the permit fees has been incresed unjustified .money grabbing, and poor quality of service has been taken place. Electrical contractors have been taken as hostage to pay multiple times for the same permit.otherwise their license will not be renewed. I’m talking ESA to court for1.000.000 damages since 2011 and 200.000 ponitive.there are lots of complaint from other s as well .

    • Paul says:

      Andy, learn how to spell, will make you look and sound better, best of luck with your endeavor. Really has nothing to do with N.B. vet being taken advantage of.

  2. Hello Readers
    As an electrical contractor in Winnipeg, MB, I can’t stress enough on how much homework, recon, or digging you have to do in order to understand whom you are about to hire and especially whom you are about to let into your home. Anyone can show up to your door and be anyone they want to be for 5 mins and collect a deposit. I understand that it should not be this way but in todays reality, it is. Before I do business with any contractor or company, I start with a provincial court of queens bench search or a QB Search as I call it. This allows me to see any type of transaction they have had wth the law since 1984. Since opening my company, the one thing I learned is that it is an extension of my character. If I had been lazy before, I’ll run a lazy business which I’m sure would not work. If I’m a wool puller, I’m sure the unsatisfied customer would be lining up and when this happens, you end up in court every time. Although this is not the clients fault, each customer has to take on the responsibility of finding the correct contractor for the job. When your spending that kind of money, please invest in the right resources before hand and get involved from day 1. There are people out there everyday preying on people just like this. Please invest in the time to do your research. Here are some pointers in order to establish a good contractor.

    1)QB Search
    2)BBB Better Business Bureau
    4)Company Registry
    5)NO CASH! Expect to pay taxes, every reputable company will charge them.

    Hope this helps!!

    Sincerely, Stan
    Connco Electric
    Wpg, MB

  3. Carol Auffrey says:

    Thank you Stan,
    Your comments are very informative and I liked your suggestion in doing the QB Search. I do, however, question the BBB Better Business Bureau as I had trusted their information many years ago when searching for a duct cleaning company. My senior husband and I were charged $900 on simple duct cleaning from this company recommended through BBB, whereas I found out later that most companies charge much less (generally a couple hundred). This company also somehow left furnace pieces on the back lawn – have no idea what went on. We live in Dieppe, NB.

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