Richard Capachione to Pay $150,000 in Restitution for Home Improvement Scam Impacting Dozens of Consumers.
An Acton home improvement contractor has been banned from owning or managing a construction company and will pay $150,000 in restitution following allegations that he scammed dozens of homeowners in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
The consent judgment, entered in Suffolk Superior Court, requires the dissolution of three companies – New England Hardscapes, Inc., Aqua Outdoor Environments, and R and R Consulting, LLC – owned by the defendant, Richard Capachione. The AG’s Office alleges that for years, Capachione, through his three companies, collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in consumer deposits and periodic payments for home improvement projects across the state that were either never started or abandoned mid-way through, leaving several properties damaged and in dangerous and unsanitary conditions. By continuing to take money while leaving projects unfinished, the AG’s Office alleged that Capachione violated state consumer protection laws, and the Home Improvement Contractor Act.
“Remodeling a home can be a massive, expensive effort, and it is devastating when properties are left in worse condition than they started, with money spent on unfinished work,” said AG Healey. “This settlement returns thousands of dollars to Massachusetts homeowners who were taken advantage of by this contractor’s deceptive…