January 9, 2017

CT seeks paving contractor's victims

Connecticut's consumer watchdog is asking the public's help identifying victims of an alleged paving-contractor's scam.

State Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said Monday his office is looking for homeowners or businesses that may have dealt with paving contractor Edward Branciforte as part of its ongoing investigation into Branciforte's activities.

According to DCP, Branciforte has been involved in 19 complaints with the agency since 2008, and operates mainly in the eastern and central parts of the state. Branciforte's DCP registration is suspended.

DCP is seeking additional information about Branciforte's activities to supplement our ongoing investigation, Harris said in a statement.

Branciforte typically shows up unannounced at a consumer's door offering paving services, officials said. Consumers should be wary of any home improvement contractor who goes door-to-door soliciting business.

Consumers may file complaints or provide information about Branciforte by emailing dcp.frauds@ct.gov or calling 860-713-6100 or 800-842-2649.

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