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Police: Unlicensed Contractor Took Money, Never Completed Work in Lakehurst

Lakehurst police charge a man with multiple addresses after they said he took a down payment but didn't complete job

Lakehurst police last week arrested a man with addresses in Ocean and Monmouth counties, alleging he is an unlicensed home improvement contractor who never completed work for a borough resident. 

Patrolman Jeffrey Emmons began an investigation when a Geneva Road resident said that Kenneth E. Wilson, 46, with addresses in Howell, Toms River, Browns Mills and Seaside Heights, took a down payment in August but never built a rear deck, said Sgt. Ron Heinzman in a statement. 

"The defendant failed to return calls to the victim and even had another person who was apparently unaware that there was an underlying home improvement (theft) issue cash the check for him," Heinzman said.

Emmons arrested and charged Wilson on Oct. 5 with third-degree theft by deception and operating as an unlicensed home improvement contractor, fourth degree, according to the sergeant.

Wilson was released by police after being served with his complaints, Heinzman said.

"Additionally, this matter will be forwarded to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs for further review," Heinzman said.

Police ask that anyone else who may have information concerning Wilson's alleged activities contact Emmons at 732-657-7812, ext. 311.

barbara October 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
low life, glad he was caught............
marlyn October 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
yes he was caught but will just use another name & cheat customers again
. October 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
People have to learn how to look out for themselves. Hire only a licensed contractor and make sure you check them out, get references and check them out. If they are legitimate, they won't mind that you check into their work. Everyone is looking for a cheap way out and it cost more in the long run.
barbara October 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
for sure, learned that lesson many, many years ago. we had our roof patched up with a guarantee of 10 years, two weeks later was leaking really bad again. called and could not get in touch with them, phone was turned off, only a po box on invoice, turned out to be gypsies.found out their address and everytime i went there they were not there, but had about 10 people living there, luckily, my homeowners covered most of it, but they were not legit. live and learn...........i sure did
H.HEMMES October 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
What is the punishment for a 3rd and 4th degree crime..... go home and promise never to do that again?
Colleen Wright October 09, 2012 at 12:09 PM
low life..yes....does not matter if lis or not...they work under diff names....i lost 35,000...used no lawyer...i did all the work my self ..he got 5 yrs jail...did 3 yrs...court ordered , 50,000 plus ....never got a penny...he still is here in TR and working.....trenton says...he is in collection.....its been over 5 yrs now....
rightwing October 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Don't be fooled by the license. The state contractor's license is just a way for NJ to make sure they get every tax dollar they can, and squeeze contractors for fees which get passed on to the customer. Choose a contractor that has done quality work for people you know, and refuse to give a deposit for any labor. Deposits should be given for materials that are delivered to your house only. I bet most of the complaints filed against home improvement contractors are against the ones with licenses. The piece of paper is least important aspect of choosing a contractor. Use your common sense, do your homework, and you will be fine.
Smot Revir October 09, 2012 at 01:40 PM
@ colleen wright.....Why can't you just write a complete sentence instead all of those dot dot dots ? It..... would .....be ..... a .....lot..... .....easier..... to .....read ! Se what I mean ?
Greg October 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
He will also be told (in no uncertain terms) that he cannot watch "Dancing with the Stars " for a minimun of 3 yrs and a maximun of 10. That'll teach 'em.!
FRan October 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
when an estimate comes in a little higher, remember insurance costs real money, a business thats run properly with warranties and ins costs a little more, but they will be around for years.
FRan October 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
yeah ......
Barry Fleckmann October 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Anyone who hires an unlicensed contractor, DESERVES to be taken for a ride!!
KAREN A KINCAID October 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
it's crap like this that gives us HANDYMAN BUSINESSES a bad rap!! My husband and i own HANDYMAN DAVE here in Manchester, we have paid every year HIGHLY for our licenses and up to 500,000 coverage for insurance. Living in a senior area, we also know most seniors don't have a lot of money. our business has a great name and a wonderful reputation, so reading things like this pisses me off. Even to the point when someone what's our credentials, we always give them a copy of our license & a certificate of insurance. As for deposits, we never take anything more then what's needed for supplies and even make things easier for larger jobs where you can pay by credit cards. My wish is that they fine this ARSE big time. And please, don't lose all your faith in HANDYMEN,. We take pride in our business. And for those who are interested in a good HANDYMAN, your all welcome to contact me at bratcat101@msn.com for a list of all we do.
Sandra October 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Yeah unlicensed contractors AND licensed contractors who use those storage facilities are undependable. Some don't pay the storage rent on time and then try to blame their problem on the facility overlock. People...PLEASE drive by the homes of the contractor or their office. If their homes look unkept you will be less a thought then their homes. And if they do not have a legit office and only a phone number, check with the building department of your township. They know ALL the legit builders and contractors! JMO
KAREN A KINCAID October 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
As stated, it's ppl like this that give us legit handymen a bad wrap!! We do have a storage unit, HOWEVER, we don't pay for it monthly at all. We made arrangements with them as a donation. Sometimes we do clean outs where the family lost a loved one. Since we have no use for the items, we put them in the storage unit. BUT, all the items collected go to the battered women, Military, catholic charities and all the blankets and rugs go to the Whitesville animal shelter. Because we are a very honest company, we also give the families a tax receipt for the items cause they we're donated. Any job that we do we also offer our license and certificate of insurance. Since we do a lot of handyman work for the surrounding senior villages, we also make sure the main office has copies as well. this is one of the main reasons why we have a great reputation. PLUS, we always make sure our prices are fair since we know most seniors are on budgets!! now we don't have a fancy truck, we have nothing more then a magnetic sign on the side of the van. So just remember, no matter how fancy a truck is or how big the ads are, this doesn't mean jack......... it's the work you do and the world of mouth that makes our business successful!!
Sandra October 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This should not be an opportunity to "plug" a service.
KAREN A KINCAID October 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
i was stateing a FACT & also using my FREEDOM of speech!!! i believe this is what is called LEAVING A COMMENT!!!
barbara October 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I wrote down your email, Karen. Not easy to find a good, honest handyman. Yes, you were stating a fact and it is freedom of speech, but too some it may seem you were promoting your business. It is good what you do in donating items to those in need. By the way, I think I may know you, I knew a Kaaren Kincaid years ago, are you a nurse? I will put your address in my book. Thanks and keep up the good work!
KAREN A KINCAID October 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Barbara, anytime you need a handyman your welcome to call. 732-941-4101 NOTICE: when hiring ANYONE and not just Handymen.... don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask if they have a license and so on. JUST FOR THE RECORD, We deal with all the senior villages in the area of Manchester. in order to get in anyone of them to do any type of work, you MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MAIN OFFICE. If in doubt, call your office and ask them if they have anyone in mind to do certain work that you would like done before scanning newspapers. They have listings of anyone you should need!! And Barbara....... don't be afraid cause 99% of the time i work with Handyman Dave lol I personally feel most older women like the fact there is a female on the job!!! but then again, i don't think anyone would call a Handyman Karen!!! lol
barbara October 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
i have called my main office when i needed an electrician and he was great. thanks karen. by the way, were you a nurse? thanks.
KAREN A KINCAID October 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM
no dear never a nurse. truthfuly owned a candy store called confectionately you. so i have high blood pressure not took it.
Daljit January 20, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Don't hire Sonny Signo from elizabeth, NJ with his sons with names as Jason cooper, Eddie and josh as they will take your money and run away...

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