Brampton Construction Company Operator Faces Jail Time And Hefty Fines



    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Carlos Guadamuz, operator of Glencar
Construction Inc. in Brampton, faces five days in jail and fines totalling
$2,000 for failure to deliver a contract and refund under Ontario's consumer
protection laws. The corporation was also fined $10,000 for engaging in an
unfair business practice, failing to deliver a direct agreement and failure to
refund.
    A consumer hired Mr. Guadamuz to complete his driveway and patio with
patterned concrete in the summer of 2007. The investigation arose following
the consumer's complaint after Mr. Guadamuz failed to refund a $5,000 deposit
and initially refused to cancel the contract after the consumer voiced
concerns about the quality of the work. In addition, the contract provided to
the consumer did not contain the required information set out in the Consumer
Protection Act.
    Mr. Guadamuz' jail sentence is to be followed by two years of probation
with a condition that he pays restitution to the consumer in the amount of
$5,000 and associated costs.
    The Consumer Protection Act imposes fines of up to $250,000 for
corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of infractions. It also
provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day on each offence. The act
also empowers courts to order offenders to pay compensation or make
restitution to victims.

    
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