BRENTWOOD — A roofing contractor charged in four New Hampshire counties with defrauding customers out of thousands of dollars went on trial Tuesday for allegedly convincing those customers that they were getting a cut-rate price, then never performing the work he was hired for.
Timothy Currier, 32, of Bow is facing charges in Rockingham County Superior Court of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and four misdemeanor counts of unfair or deceptive acts.
One of his alleged victims, William Ingalls, Newton’s part-time fire chief, testified on Tuesday how Currier was willing to work on getting his price down from the $18,000 estimate that he quoted for his home.
“He was very knowledgeable. He knew what he was talking about,” Ingalls said.
Currier claimed he had a nearby roofing job at a church in Haverhill, Mass., that allowed him to buy his supplies at a discounted rate, according to court testimony.
Prosecutors said the claim about the church was part of Currier’s ruse when he solicited work from customers.
The trial under way in Rockingham County is the first in what’s expected to be a procession of criminal trials against Currier brought by the state Attorney General’s Office. He faces similar charges in Merrimack, Coos and Hillsborough counties, where he has charges pending in both of its superior courts.
Prosecutors say that Currier, who operated Green Home Energy Systems LLC, took about $18,750 locally and have evidence he took $33,565 from six other customers without doing any work or supplying materials for the job.
Ingalls and his wife, Marsha, both testified that Currier visited their home on Jan. 19, 2012, and quoted them a price of $18,000 for installing a new roof at their home.
That price was dropped to $11,000 after Currier stepped outside twice to speak to someone on his cell phone, Marsha Ingalls testified.
She said that she and her husband ultimately decided to pay $5,500 cash for their deposit.
“I had the money because I was saving it for my taxes and my medical bills,” Marsha Ingalls testified.
A month later, Marsha Ingalls called Currier because no work had started at her home.
“He said it might be a couple of weeks because I am still waiting for materials to come in,” she testified. “Something in my gut said something is going south here. There’s something wrong. I just had a gut feeling it wasn’t right.”
Currier had delayed the job twice more and eventually told the Newton couple that he would work on getting their money back, but they were never repaid, according to court testimony. They eventually hired another company to install a new roof for $4,800.
State prosecutors are also fighting Currier’s petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, and recently asked a judge to issue a $329,584 judgment against him.