Gov. Dannel Malloy, in his impressive handling of the state’s record snow fall this winter, last weekend urged state residents to be careful not to get ripped off when hiring workers to clear snow from roofs, porches and walkways. Unfortunately, the message didn’t reach our neighbors in the Bay State.
Three men were forced to return the money an elderly Amesbury, Massachusetts man paid for shoveling snow off his roof and garage after police threatened to arrest them. Two brothers and their father (and there is no way I can make this up because no one would ever believe it) named Snow, told the Boston Globe they did nothing wrong. “I want people to know, I’m not scamming; I’m making a living,’’ Kevin Snow Jr., said. Snow; his father Kevin Snow Sr. and his brother, George Snow say the customer agreed on the price prior to the job and also requested that his garage roof be shoveled, which added to the cost.
The Snow boys have had prior brushes with the law, according to the California Contractors State License Board and there is a Connecticut connection. The board said in a press release over the summer that the brothers pleaded no contest in June to felony and misdemeanor fraud charges in connection with their contracting practices.
Their cousin, George Joseph Stanley of Moosup, also pleaded no contest to similar charges in the case, according to the licensing board. They were ordered to pay restitution of more than $130,000.
A lawyer for the Snow brothers, William Korman of Boston, told the Globe “The Snows are hard-working people,’’ he said.