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Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the filing of a court action against an unlicensed Portland construction contractor and warned consumers about construction fraud. Named in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance filed today in Multnomah County Circuit Court is James H. Feild, IV.
"Many contractors run legitimate businesses but complaints against construction contractors continue to appear on our Top 10 Consumer Complaint List," Myers said. "Oregonians contemplating building or remodeling a home should take extra care to choose a contractor so they don't end up having to file complaints with law enforcement."
Referred to the Department of Justice by the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) Special Investigation Unit, the case focused on Feild misrepresenting his credentials to a consumer and accepting a $24,800 down payment on a construction job. Feild's construction contractors license was revoked June 29, 2000 by the CCB because he was unable to obtain a bond. The work was never done and Feild told the consumer that he could not repay the money.
Under the settlement, Feild agrees to pay $24,800 to Richard S. Pope and Elaine L. Orr of Portland and will not work as a construction contractor without being licensed through the CCB. Feild also will pay $3,000 to the Department of Justice consumer protection and education fund to cover investigation costs.
Attorney General Myers suggests the following when looking for a construction contractor:
Consumers wanting written information on "avoiding construction fraud" and "choosing a licensed contractor" may contact the CCB at (503) 378-4621, ext. 4974 or online at www.ccb.state.or.us, the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392 or the Better Business Bureau at (503) 226-3981. The Department of Justice is online at www.doj.state.or.us.
Suspicious construction activities may be reported by calling the Attorney General's hotline as listed above or CCB at (503) 378-4621, ext. 4026.
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