Two years ago a Suffolk County Superior Court judge ordered former Hanover contractor Richard Myers to stop scamming home improvement customers and working without a license.
But Myers kept seeking customers, so the state attorney general’s office is seeking a contempt order against him, authorities said.
Attorney General Martha Coakley filed the contempt action against Myers this week in Suffolk Superior Court.
She said Myers, doing business as Atlantic Restoration Co., violated a 2011 court order to quit continuing such work.
Myers has also done business as R.T. Myers & Sons Inc.
The state’s new contempt action was prompted by complaints from two elderly Gloucester customers, who said that in December 2011 and early 2012, Myers took $3,000 from them for mold removal and flooring replacement that he failed to complete.
Coakley wants Myers to pay $10,000 in civil penalties for each of those violations and provide the names of any other customers since 2011.
“This contractor continues to steal thousands of dollars from consumers for renovations he failed to complete, putting the safety and well-being of residents at risk,” Coakley said.
The 2011 court agreement required Myers to pay $716,000 in penalties, fees and restitution to 31 customers, some of whom lived in Marshfield, Miltonand Hanson.
The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that he hasn’t paid any of it.
Coakley said Myers had been doing that work – and charging large advance payments – with a suspended license. He also allegedly failed to repay customers for work he didn’t finish.
Myers insisted then that he had done all the work he promised. Then-Attorney General Thomas Reilly started the case against him in 2006 and Coakley secured a final court judgment in February 201l.
State Office of Consumer Affairs records show that from 2004 to 2005 Myers received four fines, a reprimand and two suspensions for customer complaints. His home improvement contractor license was revoked in 2008.
Hanover assessor records show that Myers purchased a house at 606 King St. in August 2006. Four months later Reilly placed an attachment on the property for an initial $76,000 in unpaid restitution.
Town records show the property was foreclosed in 2007 and purchased by new owners in 2008.
Myers apparently no longer resides in Hanover and couldn’t be reached for comment.
The Hanover town clerk’s office says there’s no current business certificate for Myers or Atlantic Restoration.
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