North Jersey Home Improvement Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than …
News from NJ TODAY:

May 31, 2012

TRENTON – A home improvement contractor has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $ 75,000 by taking money from clients, including a church in North Jersey, and failing to perform the work for which he was paid, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Edward Humphrey, 41, whose last known address was in Blairstown, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, May 29, to second-degree theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan in Union County. The charge was contained in a June 25, 2010 state grand jury indictment.

Moynihan scheduled sentencing for Aug. 3. Humphrey faces a sentence of between three and five years in state prison. Humphrey will also be ordered to pay $ 188,000 in restitution.

“People who invest their hard-earned money in improving their properties need to be able to trust that the money will be put to proper use,” Chiesa said. “The way that Mr. Humphrey conned his victims is reprehensible. My office will continue to crack down on unscrupulous contractors who take advantage of those looking to improve upon their properties.”

In pleading guilty, Humphrey, who was a home improvement contractor and consultant operating the now-defunct Edward Humphrey, L.L.C. out of a Kenilworth, admitted that between March 8 and Sept. 7, 2005, he took deposit checks from nine customer…………… continues on NJ TODAY

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Improving and remodeling your home is a job that can be both enjoyable and beneficial for anyone who owns a home. If this is something you’ve never done before, however, it can often feel intimidating! What can a novice do in order to learn everything they can about those things? For starters, they can read the following tips!

If your contractor want you to pay cash in return for a discount, it is often a warning sign that something illegal is going on. What will you do if he simply runs off with your money? You’ll have no way of proving it.

Exercise safety precautions when tacking home improvements! Turn off any gas lines if you have to work near a kitchen, fireplace or any fixtures supplied by gas. It can be very dangerous to do construction in areas where gas is present. Familiarize yourself with the location of the shutoff valve! When your project is extensive enough to involve opening up walls, you should also know where your gas lines are placed and steer well clear of them.

The construction of a home bar can be quite enjoyable. Anything designed on one’s own immediately becomes more engaging and gratifying, and a home bar is no exception. However, if the decision is made to build the bar, it can improve the home.

Paint the gaps where paneling will meet. Even if you install the paneling carefully, the wall underneath might show through the…………… continues on The Bakersfield Voice

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