|Posted:||April 19, 2022 11:38 AM|
|From:||Representative Darisha K. Parker|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Home Improvement Fraud Protections For Vulnerable Persons|
|Despite laws that currently regulate home improvement contractors and consumer alerts delivering messages of caution, our most vulnerable homeowners continue to be victimized. Criminals posing as home improvement contractors continue to target older adults and persons with disabilities to commit fraud. The FBI says they are common targets of home improvement fraud because they tend to be trusting and polite, have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit.
My bill would provide prosecutors with additional leverage by lowering the age limit for enhanced penalties for home improvement fraud from 60 years of age to 55 years of age. It would also establish persons with disabilities and those caring for persons with disabilities as a protected class with the applicable enhanced penalties.
Our vulnerable citizens should not have to fall victim to home improvement fraud while trying to keep a home in good repair. They deserve our added protections.
It is time to end home improvement fraud against our most vulnerable citizens. I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation that will provide prosecutors with the necessary tools to fight for those falling victim to home improvement fraud.
Introduced as HB2635