AUGUSTA, Maine — A Portland handyman has been ordered to pay more than $230,000 in restitution to 14 victims, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.
Daniel B. Tucci, 54, was found guilty of violating Maine’s Unfair Trade Practices Act in January after a jury-waived trial before Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler at the Cumberland County Courthouse, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Wheeler did not impose jail time or probation but on April 9 ordered Tucci to pay his victims $236,500 and forbid him from performing home repairs in Maine again.
“Mr. Tucci’s behavior is truly reprehensible,” Attorney General Janet Mills said in the press release. “He lied about his qualifications. He took money from people and didn’t finish the job. The work he did on people’s homes was shoddy. Then, when people complained, he harassed and threatened them, threatened to sue them, even calling their workplaces and berating them.”
Tucci targeted elderly people, Mills said. He did business under a number of different names, including Dan the Handyman, Tripol Handyman Services, the TrixiePolly Co., and TriDan, in York and Cumberland counties. From 2004 to 2012, Tucci advertised that he was a licensed home repairman but he holds no professional licenses, the press release said.
“No homeowner should be pressured to pay more than a third upfront from any home repair job,” the press release said. Consumers should insist on a written contract and should check the references for anyone who offers to perform work on their home.”
Maine consumers who believe they may be the victim of an unfair trade practice may call the Maine attorney general’s office with questions at 800-436-2131 or 626-8849 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the Consumer Protection Division is available at www.maine.gov/ag.