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Three charged over ‘million dollar contractor fraud scheme’

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Three men have been arrested and charged over a large scale fraud scheme which left “dozens” of New York homeowners and businesses out of pocket. Robert Decker, Scott Driscoll, and Robert Langlais are facing 17 felony charges, including fraud and grand larceny, after allegedly obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars for work that was never performed or was poorly done.

Decker and Driscoll operated SJR Enterprises, LLC (SJR) as a home improvement contracting company between May 2018 and October 2019.

After receiving over $25,000, the men allegedly left one Albany resident without plumbing, electricity, and heat through the entire winter of 2019.

“Many of these victims invested their life savings so that they could improve their homes for themselves and their families, but instead of building newer and safer homes, all that these three defendants built was a house of lies.

We won’t allow anyone to take advantage of and steal from innocent New Yorkers trying to build better lives for themselves.”

Attorney General Letitia James

One homeowner took out a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Loan (203k) to fund almost $90,000 worth of renovations. The indictment claims Decker and Driscoll fraudulently obtained and diverted nearly $25,000 of the homeowner’s loan funds for materials, and then spent the remainder on personal expenses.

Under the terms of the loan, the homeowner hired Langlais to inspect and review Driscoll and Decker’s work before releasing funds from the loan.

Langlais is said to have fraudulently signed off on work that had either not been completed or poorly done. Over $5,000 was claimed for “cleanup costs” despite debris being strewn across the yard.

Robert and Janet Beaudoin in Cohoes were victims of all three alleged scammers. They say they were effectively swindled into trusting Decker and Driscoll with an extensive

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HomeBuilder scheme providing $25,000 home renovation subsidies axed in the Budget

Revealed: The home renovation scheme quietly axed in the Budget just months after it was launched – so how long do YOU have?

  • HomeBuilder scheme providing $25,000 renovation grants was discontinued
  • The $688million program available to build new house worth up to $750,000
  • Grant was also available to renovate an existing home worth  up to $1.5million
  • Home First Loan Deposit Scheme instead extended to cover newly-built homes 

A controversial home construction scheme providing $25,000 renovation grants has been quietly axed in the Budget just four months after it was launched.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in June unveiled the $688million HomeBuilder program offering 27,000 subsidies in the hope this would support 140,000 jobs in the struggling construction sector.

Australians were able to claim $25,000 from taxpayers to build a new house worth up to $750,000 or renovate an existing one valued between $750,000 and $1.5million.

A controversial home construction scheme providing $25,000 renovation grants has been quietly axed in the Budget just four months after it was launched. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in June unveiled the $688million HomeBuilder program offering 27,000 subsidies in the hope this would support 140,000 jobs in the struggling construction sector. Pictured is a Melbourne house under construction

A controversial home construction scheme providing $25,000 renovation grants has been quietly axed in the Budget just four months after it was launched. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in June unveiled the $688million HomeBuilder program offering 27,000 subsidies in the hope this would support 140,000 jobs in the struggling construction sector. Pictured is a Melbourne house under construction

Despite that, building approvals in New South Wales, Australia’s most populated state, plunged by 14.2 per cent in August.

This however followed a 32 per cent increase in July as the aftermath of coronavirus lockdown delays caused a short-lived spike in approvals.

National building approvals fell by 1.6 per cent in August, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics results released less than a week before Budget day.

The Budget papers released on Tuesday showed no further funding for HomeBuilder,

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Contractors charged in $1 million fraud scheme

ALBANY – A contractor with a three-decade history of defrauding dozens of homeowners has been charged, along with his business partner and a housing consultant, for allegedly taking part in $1 million scheme against homeowners across the state.

The state Attorney General’s office said a joint investigation with the State Police resulted in a grand jury handing up a 17-count indictment against Robert Decker, 66, Scott Driscoll, 44 and Robert Langlais, 67, for their alleged roles in the fraud.

Attorney General Letitia James said many of the homeowners involved had invested their life savings in upgrading their homes.

“We won’t allow anyone to take advantage of and steal from innocent New Yorkers trying to build better lives for themselves,” she said in a statement.

The probe was prompted by dozens of complaints to the state Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau about SJR Enterprises, a Waterford-based home improvement contracting company run by Decker and Driscoll, dating back to at least May 2018.

A review of the SJR Enterprises’ Better Business Bureau page and other online reviews show the complaints go even further back, with customers repeatedly complaining about work not being done or not being up to code. Many of the complaints state that they never heard from anyone at SJR Enterprises after writing a large deposit check or being talked in to paying the full amount to get the project started.

According to the indictment, Decker, 66, also known as Bob Dale, and Driscoll, defrauded home and business owners by taking money for improvement projects and using it for themselves, including nearly $400,000 in cash. They also used roughly $150,000 to pay off their debts and ordered over $50,000 in items through iTunes, Amazon and at various restaurants.

The indictment lays out several cases where homeowners spent months

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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme extension could be just the start

Victorian first-home buyers can make an up to $850,000 first step onto the property ladder under an extended and revised key housing support program.

On Saturday, Housing Minister Michael Sukkar announced an additional 10,000 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme places, and raised the cap in Victoria from $600,000 to $850,000.

But the extra 10,000 places nationwide are reserved for those buying off the plan, or a newly built home.

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The scheme allows first-home buyers to purchase a home on a deposit as low as 5 per cent without paying lenders’ mortgage insurance, as the government goes guarantor on their loan.

Building industry groups have lauded the move, but warned the state’s new home industry will need further support — urging for an extension to the nation’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grants in Victoria as well.

The extra places are in addition to another 10,000 on offer across the 2020-2021 financial year, and a further 9984 that were taken up in the first six months of this year.

The latest tranche will available from October 6 to June 30.

The state’s treasury has advised there are no plans to raise the $750,000 cap that applies to the up to $20,000 on offer in First Home Owner Grants, or for stamp duty concessions.

The federal government has not said if it will raise the $750,000 cap for the $25,000 HomeBuilder scheme which ends at the end of the year.

Urban Development Institute of Australia Victorian chief executive Danni Hunter said the federal government’s extension of the FHLDS was a positive step, but more was needed.

“Expanding the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is a sensible

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What is the government home improvement scheme and how does it work?

1 October 2020, 13:42

The home improvements scheme is open for applications
The home improvements scheme is open for applications.

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What is the government’s green voucher scheme 2020 and how can I apply? Find out everything…

The Green Homes Grant scheme is now open for homeowners in England to make energy-efficient improvements to their houses.

Outlined back in July, the voucher plan sees the government pay two-thirds of the cost of any green updates to the value of £5,000 per household.

This can include insulation, double glazing and heat pumps, but doesn’t cover gas boilers.

So, here’s everything you need to know about the green home improvement scheme…

Rishi Sunak announced the Green Homes Grant
Rishi Sunak announced the Green Homes Grant.

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What is the Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant scheme will provide £2bn for home improvement projects as part of a wider £3bn government plan to cut carbon emissions.

This will see vouchers handed out to homeowners which can be used towards making specific energy-efficient improvements to homes.

You need to install at least one primary improvement to be eligible for the Green Homes Grant which include:

– Insulation, including solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation

– Low-carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, or solar thermal systems, which provide renewable ways of heating your home

You can then get up to the same amount for secondary improvements which include:

– Draught-proofing

– Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing

– Energy efficient doors, where you’re replacing single-glazed or solid doors installed before 2002

– Heating controls and insulation

Gas boilers are not covered by the scheme.

You can only receive funding for secondary improvements up to the amount of funding you get for the primary measures.

So if you receive £2,000 towards cavity wall insulation, you can only receive a

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