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Contractors Arrested for Norwalk Jobs Gone Bad

Home repair jobs that didn't go well got two out-of-town men arrested this week by Norwalk police on warrants stemming from two incidents.

Paul Stock, 31, of 46 Forest St., Danbury, was arrested Saturday and charged with offering home repairs without a license. Bond was set at $5,000. Marlon Powell, 31, of 249 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, was arrested Monday and charged with offering home repairs without a license and larceny. Bond was set at $10,000.

Powell allegedly accepted $10,000 in November from a Norwalk man to install central air conditioning at a Taylor Avenue home. But none of the work had been done by mid-January, and he wasn't returning phone calls. Only six of the 20 items that had been paid for in advance had been delivered to the home.

On Jan. 12, Powell told police he was having trouble scheduling the work because he had so many other jobs, but in mid-February he still hadn't done it. Powell then allegedly said he had used the money and could not return it. Police contacted Johnstone Supply to determine the value of the materials purchased and how much Powell owed the homeowner. Police also discovered that Marlon Powell is not a licensed contractor in Connecticut.

Stock offered in March 2010 to remove a shed and build a new one for a Pettom Road resident for $2,900. He was given a $900 deposit, and then given more money for a total of $3,500.

Stock built the shed, but the homeowner found that the floor wasn't level and not strong enough to support the load. After five months, the roof began to cave in. In December, a special investigator for the Department of Consumer Protection discovered that Stock's license expired in November 2006 and that he owes $15,579.46 to the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund from previous claims.

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