An out-of-state contractor who set up shop in New Jersey after superstorm Sandy is being sued by the state's division of consumer affairs, according to the Asbury Park Press. The state alleges that he took money but did not provide the work promised and has filed a lawsuit against Richard R. Woodard of Clearwater, Fla., and his company, Willwood Builders Corp.
Woodward established a business in New Jersey five weeks after superstorm Sandy ravaged the state and displaced thousands of residents, the state said. The company took initial payments for home improvements or new construction but failed to begin work, did a shoddy job or abandoned unfinished projects without returning for weeks, months or at all, court papers state.
"We have alleged that this out-of-state contractor preyed on New Jersey homeowners who trusted that he would help them rebuild or repair their homes in the wake of this devastating storm," said state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino in a statement. "He added to their suffering by allegedly taking their money and leaving them with little or nothing to show for it."