Contractor to plead guilty for alleged roofing scam in three countiesBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 28. 2014 8:25PM
BRENTWOOD — A New Hampshire roofing contractor convicted of bilking about $36,000 from customers in Rockingham County has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he took more money from customers in three other counties without doing the work he was hired for, prosecutors said.
Timothy Currier, 32, of Bow has agreed to enter a plea deal that will consolidate cases pending against him in Hillsborough, Merrimack and Coos counties, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti.
Terms of the sentence have not been made public. Boffetti, head of the state Attorney General’s Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau, said that the sentence in the remaining cases against Currier “all depends on what happens in Rockingham.”
Currier will be sentenced in Rockingham County Superior Court on June 12 after a jury convicted him in March of theft by unauthorized taking, and unfair or deceptive practices.
Currier, who remains free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail, faces up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison on the Rockingham County convictions.
He is expected to change his plea with the remaining cases in Merrimack County Superior Court on July 9.
Currier had been hired by homeowners in Newton, Danville and Plaistow between September 2011 and May 2012.
State prosecutors said that bank statements showed Currier had taken in $50,000 from customers over the course of a year and had siphoned $28,000 from his business account to pay for his personal expenses.
Currier never reimbursed any of his customers, and eventually filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
The state is contesting Currier’s bankruptcy claim, but has agreed to delay those proceedings until all of the criminal matters are resolved, according to court records.
Prosecutors say Currier used his ill-gotten profits to pay for personal expenses instead of hiring labor or buying supplies. Currier operated Green Home Energy Systems, LLC
State prosecutors first brought a civil lawsuit, forcing Currier to shutter his business, then criminal charges.
Judge Marguerite Wageling recently denied a bid by Currier to toss out the jury’s verdict and give him a new trial. Defense lawyer Patrick Caron argued that the jury’s verdict was not supported by the evidence presented during the trial.
Prosecutors argued that the evidence showed that Currier was a con man who offered steep discounts to entice customers to hand over their money.