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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010

Contact:
Assistant Attorney General Tracy M. Culberson
(603) 271-3643

Windham Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Elderly Nashua Homeowners

Attorney General Michael Delaney announced that on April 14, 2010 Gary Mensinger, formerly doing business as East Coast Exteriors, pled guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court (Groff, J.) to two Class A misdemeanors of Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices, in violation of New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act, RSA 358-A.

Mensinger pled guilty to the charges of failing to provide home improvement services and/or goods during 2008 and 2009. Mensinger contracted with two elderly Nashua residents during that time to install windows in their homes which he failed to do. Mensinger took the victims' deposits and used the money for other unrelated personal and business expenses.

Mensinger was sentenced to two 12-month sentences in the House of Correction, suspended for 3 years. Mensinger was also ordered to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Building Project to be held in New Orleans, LA in May 2010. He was fined $2,000 and also ordered to complete a business management course through the NH Homebuilders and Remodelers Association. Mensinger is also prohibited from owning or operating any home improvement business for 10 years. The victims received full restitution in the amount of $4,700.

"This conviction presents a timely opportunity to remind homeowners to be cautious when hiring someone to make repairs to their home," Attorney General Delaney said. "Homeowners are encouraged to always seek several offers from different contractors, ask for and follow up on references and check with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau to see if there have been any complaints regarding the business."

To check on a business, contact the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General's Office, by calling its hotline at 888-468-4454 or log onto its Web site at www.doj.nh.gov/consumer and click on Business Complaint Lookup.


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