New Hampshire AG files civil suit against contractor for consumer fraud

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CONCORD — Attorney General John M. Formella announced today the filing of a civil complaint in Cheshire County Superior Court against a contractor accused of multiple Consumer Protection Act violations.

Christopher Vittum, Caitlin Vittum, and their associated businesses, including NEC Construction 603 LLC, CRV Construction & Tiny Homes LLC, and Utopia Construction & Designs, are alleged to have engaged in deceptive practices.

The complaint details that the defendants collected over $175,000 in advance payments from at least 13 consumers for construction jobs they neither intended nor were able to complete.

The Vittums and their businesses reportedly spent consumer payments without performing contracted work, ignored refund requests, failed to issue refunds, changed business contact information without informing clients, and made multiple material misrepresentations to consumers.

The civil action seeks restitution for affected consumers, with civil penalties up to $10,000 per violation, and the reimbursement of costs and expenses.

The State also aims to prevent the defendants from owning or operating any construction business within New Hampshire and from accepting or soliciting advance payments for unrendered services.

Frederick Lulka of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau at the New Hampshire Department of Justice conducted the investigation.

The case is being litigated by Attorney Warren Cormack of the same bureau.

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