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Contractors Sued for Consumer Fraud Used Bogus Fair Lawn Addresses

Home improvement companies registered with the state at an address in Fair Lawn have never actually existed there.

Visits paid to the Fair Lawn address listed with the state for home improvement contractors A-1 American Construction, A-1 American Chimney and Brick City Chimney Service and Cleaning turned up no trace of any such companies.

All three businesses are on a list of home improvement companies linked to John Kot and Gabriel DaSilva, Jr., who both face a lawsuit from New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and the Division of Consumer Affairs for allegedly defrauding dozens of consumers.

"We allege that these defendants defrauded consumers of their hard-earned money," Chiesa said in a statement. "We're working to obtain restitution for these consumers and to prohibit Kot, DaSilva and their companies from engaging in any future violations of the Consumer Fraud Act and related laws, so that no one else is harmed."

According to the lawsuit, filed last week in Bergen County Superior Court, Kot and DaSilva violated numerous consumer protection laws including the state Advertising Regulations Act, the Home Improvement Regulations Act, the Contractor Registration Regulations Act, the Contractors' Registration Act and the Consumer Fraud Act.

Nearly 70 consumers have filed complaints against one of the many similarly-named companies allegedly used by Kot and DaSilva to perpetuate deceptive business practices that include, among other things, performing home improvement work in a manner that created unsafe conditions, refusing to return deposits for work that was never performed and failing to obtain required state and local permits.

Four of the five registered home improvement businesses allegedly used by Kot and DaSilva were on file with the state under Fair Lawn mailing addresses. They include A-1 American Construction, Inc. (39-26 Broadway); A-1 American Chimney Limited Liability Company (39-26 Broadway); Brick City Chimney Service, L.L.C. (2906 Broadway); and Brick City Chimney Service and Cleaning, Inc. (39-26 Broadway). 

Neither borough business registration records nor property tax records for the 39-26 Broadway address show any evidence that the home improvement companies allegedly run by Kot and DaSilva were ever located there. The address registered to Kot for Brick City Chimney Service, L.L.C. -- 2906 Broadway -- is not an actual borough address.

The owners of , a family-owned printing and graphics company that has long been located at 39-26 Broadway, said no such home improvement company has ever shared an office at their location. American Graphics does, however, share the address with the law offices of Steven Schechter, Fair Lawn's municipal court judge.

One of American Graphics' owners said that over the years the store had received numerous calls and mailed letters addressed to the allegedly fraudulent home improvement businesses, but that it had repeatedly refused them.

"The mailman knows not to bring them here anymore," she said.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a home improvement contractor, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 973-504-6200.

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Infamousluisito April 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Just wanted to let u know that john has changed te name of his company to DR roofing and that he will be doing jobs in NYC.... Its going to be under his wifes name or daughters name... They should be investigated as well
John Luciano April 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
He goes by the name George burkheart who is a real person that john kot stole his identity has a drivers license under that name as well as accounts at roofing supply companies like ALLIED
John Luciano April 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM
He also does work in NY city under diamond roofing
John Luciano April 25, 2012 at 05:55 PM
He lives on willow street in garwood. Turn across from taco bell make a right on willow and it's on the left a few houses before stop sign. Nicest looking house on block
NCPHIF April 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM
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SV February 26, 2013 at 06:08 PM
This ASSHOLE just robbed my 70 year old father for $2000.00 in NYC under the company name DIAMOND CONSTRUCTION NYC. I will be seeking damages! STAY AWAY!!
Russ Olsen March 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM
This clown ripped me off for $950 to fix my gutters in Staten Island. He probably used the money to buy more cheap perfume for his baths. Do not use "just gutters" or "Diamond construction NYC". Not only did he not repair the gutters, he intentionally damaged the roof to get the job to repair it. Stay away from this clown

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