Attorney General Morrisey Shuts Down Plumber Accused of Ripping Off Consumers
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has won a lawsuit banning a plumber from doing home improvement work in the future.
The recent court order permanently bans Charles P. Waterman and his company, Waterman Plumbing LLC, from engaging in plumbing or contract work. It also requires Aquarius to pay $ 14,133.72 in refund.
The attorney general’s lawsuit had alleged that Waterman violated state consumer laws by accepting thousands of dollars for flawed and unfinished work.
“Contractors who fail to comply with the law should be stopped,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Consumers deserve to get the services they pay for on time and in good working order. Our firm is working vigorously investigating complaints in hopes of wiping out bad actors in order to build confidence in the myriad of other contractors who perform admirably. “
The 2020 lawsuit, filed in the Ohio County Circuit Court, alleged that Waterman and his company had victimized at least three Wheeling residents, one of whom paid $ 7,645 for a series of projects the Attorney General described as substandard and incomplete .
The lawsuit tied Waterman and his company to Wheeling and a nearby Ohio address. It alleged that both defendants engaged in general contractor and plumbing jobs without a West Virginia company registration and operated without the required contractor or special plumbing license.
The lawsuit further alleged that the defendants were working for consumers without providing a written contract and had failed to notify consumers of their three-day right to cancel the service.