MONTPELIER, Vt., Dec. 13 -- The Vermont Attorney General issued the following news release:
The Attorney General's Office announced today that, on December 7, 2011, the Chittenden Unit of the Superior Court Criminal Division ordered Williston-based home improvement contractor Donald Bevins to pay a combined total of $79,623.08 in restitution to two of his former employees.
On June 23, 2011, Bevins, who operated under both "Twin City Roofing" and "Around the Clock Property Maintenance," pled guilty to two counts of failing to maintain workers' compensation insurance. The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Attorney General's Office and the Vermont Department of Labor, which revealed that Bevins was operating without workers' compensation insurance and in violation of a Vermont Department of Labor Stop Work Order. The investigation also determined that, during the time frame that Bevins did not maintain insurance, two of his employees were seriously injured while working. As a result of their injuries these employees each suffered tens of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical bills and lost wages.
On August 18, 2011, after a contested sentencing hearing, Bevins was sentenced to one to two years imprisonment all suspended with probation except for 30 days. As a condition of his probation, Bevins is prohibited from performing any home repair or operating a home repair business.
Attorney General William Sorrell advises homeowners to consult the home improvement fraud registry prior to hiring home improvement contractors. Homeowners can access the registry at: http://www.atg.state.vt.us/assets/files/Home%20Improvement%20Fraud%20Registry.pdf
Attorney General Sorrell further advises that homeowners with concerns about home improvement contractors can contact the Consumer Assistance Program by calling toll free in Vermont (800) 649-2424 or (802) 656-3183.
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