Lysco is accused of defrauding homeowners

2:20 PM, Nov 9, 2010   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has filed suit against Lysco Contracting Inc., a residential chimney and furnace repair business, for unfair and deceptive trade practices.

The suit alleges that Lysco defrauded homeowners by convincing them that they needed expensive repairs that were in fact unnecessary.

The Attorney General's suit also alleges that the business was not registered to conduct door-to-door sales or transient sales in Maine and that it failed to tell consumers they had three days to rescind a contract as required by Maine law.

 The Attorney General's Office has received a number of complaints that Lysco called older citizens and offered to inspect or clean their chimneys for $50 or less. Upon inspection, the company told consumers that their chimneys were dangerous and that they needed an expensive chimney liner.

That's exactly what Ed Walsh told NEWS CENTER happened to him. He says Lysco offered to clean his chimney for $50, but when workers arrived, they told him he needed a new chimney liner. The job ended up costing him $2,400 -- and a local contractor said the lining wasn't even installed properly.

Maine consumers who believe that they were deceived by Lysco Contracting Inc., are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Line at 1-800-436-2131.

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