BRANT BEACH, NJ - The Long Beach Township Police Department recently issued the following warning to area residents about contractor fraud. Two men were wanted by the police. One turned himself in and the other just recently was apprehended.
Richard C. Farrant was charged by the Long Beach Township Police Department with Theft by Deception, Fraud, Hindering apprehension and Failure to Display a valid contractor registration number on a contract, Failure to provide proper Notice of Cancellation on a contract and Conspiracy. These were issued on March 31st.
Richard C. Farrant turned himself in.
Richard P. Farrant was also charged as part of the same investigation with Theft by deception, Impersonation, Fraud, Hindering apprehension, Failure to Display a valid contractor registration number on a contract, Failure to provide proper Notice of Cancellation on a contract and Conspiracy.
Richard P. Farrant was recently apprehended in Point Pleasant Beach.
The individuals operate Ace Home Services. Richard P. Farrant (aka Rich Robertson) contracted and received a deposit to replace windows at a home in Long Beach Township.
After cancelling the contracted the victim notified the Long Beach Township Police. The subsequent investigation, conducted by Detective Patrick Mazzella, led to the above charges.
The Long Beach Township Police remind residents to avoid becoming the next victim of such criminals. Unfortunately there are still companies and individuals looking to make a quick dollar and further victimize those that suffered losses following Super Storm Sandy.
Prior to signing a contract, homeowners are encouraged to:
• Ask for references and follow up with them. Ask the reference about the scope of work performed, if they were satisfied and if possible look at the work done.
• Visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website and verify that the contractor is in fact registered. The website also explains what language must be included in a contract.
• Require to see a valid insurance certificate and contact the insurance company to verify that the policy is still in effect.
• Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the company.
• Check the Internet, often times a simple search will provide useful information.
• Ensure that the scope of the work is detailed in the contract.