Searsport paving contractor says competitors behind Rockland summonses

Posted June 13, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Searsport man says a competitor’s jealously is behind the summonses he was issued this week by Rockland police for allegedly violating consumer laws on paving jobs he has done in the city.

Rockland police said Friday they issued five summonses Wednesday to 31-year-old Fred Cameron of Searsport for violating the Maine Consumer Solicitation Sales Act. Police said the charges stem from Cameron going door-to-door attempting to resurface driveways.

Police said he gave senior citizens cost estimates and told them the work would cost more if it were done at a later date. The news release from Rockland police stated the violation involves a state law that requires him to inform potential door-to-door customers that there is a mandatory three-day waiting period before work can begin and that he must be licensed to sell goods in the municipality where he is working.

Detective Russell Thompson said the summonses involve violations at two paving jobs Cameron did. Thompson said since Cameron neither owns nor leases any property in Rockland, he is required by law to obtain a license to sell in Rockland.

Cameron strongly denied Friday he did anything wrong and insisted a competitor in the Rockland area instigated the complaints because he was taking business away from them.

“I’ve been working in the paving business since I was 14-years-old,” Cameron said. “I’m no fly-by-night company.”

He said he was doing jobs in Rockland and while on those jobs, he would contact neighboring property owners, asking if they wanted work done and explaining that he could save them money since his equipment was already next door. He said he does good work at a fair price.

“I’m a hard worker. I’m not like a lot of people in Maine who are on welfare,” he said. “I’m just trying to make a living for my family.”

He said the law he is accused of violating is dumb, adding that Girl Scouts can sell their cookies and meat peddlers can sell their goods door-to-door without a waiting period.

The five offenses police say Cameron violated are Class D misdemeanors.

Cameron said he will fight the charges. He said police are discriminating against him because he is taking work away from contractors in that area.

Rockland police said that if consumers have questions they can contact Detective Thompson at 594-0316 extension 253 or visit the state website at http://www.maine.gov/ag/consumer/consumer_law_guide.shtml.

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