Jail Time for Contractor

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An Ottawa-area contractor has been sentenced to four months in jail, two years’ probation, and ordered to pay more than $12,500 in restitution. His company, PSC New Home Construction Inc. was fined $41,000.

This was the third time Philip Slobodzian was convicted under the Consumer Protection Act. Slobodzian, of Pembroke, operated in the Ottawa area as PSC New Home Construction Inc.

Between May 2009 and May 2011, five people entered into agreements with Slobodzian to have their roofs re-shingled. They paid deposits and their roofs were stripped, but no further work was done. Other contractors finished the work. The deposits were never refunded.

Justice of the Peace John Balkwill of the Ottawa Provincial Offences Court convicted Slobodzian on charges of: engaging in an unfair practice by making a false, misleading or deceptive representation; failing to refund payment within 15 days of being given notice of cancellation of the consumer agreement; and failing to provide a consumer with a proper contract containing the information required by the Consumer Protection Act.

In 2011, the same contractor was convicted of similar offences and sentenced to 71 days in jail, to be followed by two years’ probation. PSC New Home Construction Inc. was fined $90,000. Slobodzian failed to comply terms of probation and faces additional charges.

The Ministry of Consumer Services advises consumers to be aware that Slobodzian has recently carried on business as “Country Comfort.”

Consumers are reminded to check the ministry’s Consumer Beware List at www.ontario.ca/consumerbeware before doing business with any company.

Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides for fines of up to $250,000 for corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of offences. It provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day for each offence and empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.

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