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Court orders Portland 'handyman' to pay $236K

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Court orders Portland 'handyman' to pay $236K

PORTLAND — A city resident must pay more than $236,000 in restitution after he was found guilty of violating the state's Unfair Trade Practices Act for posing as a "handyman."

Daniel B. Tucci was convicted in Cumberland County Superior Court and ordered to repay 14 victims, state Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced in press release Tuesday. If Tucci fails to make restitution, he also will have to pay $140,000 in civil penalties.

He also was barred from working as a handyman or operating a home repair business.

The court found that Tucci falsely advertised his services and qualifications, took advance payments for work he did not complete, and did shoddy work that he refused to refund payment for or correct. He also threatened customers who complained, Mills said.

From 2004 to 2012, Tucci advertised his services in Cumberland and York counties under names including “Dan the Handyman" and "Tripol Handyman Services." The court found that he implied he was competent and licensed in electrical, masonry, plumbing and furnace-service trades, but actually holds no professional licenses.