State charges 'Man about the House' contractor with registration offenses

A home improvement contractor who does business as "Man about the House" was charged on Dec. 4 with performing work for a Groton City couple without being registered by the state.

Roger Bosivert, also known as Armand R. Boisvert, 51, of Thompson was arrested by Groton City police and charged with three counts of making or offering to make home improvements without a current certificate or registration. The alleged offenses are Class B misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Michael Green, special investigator for the state Department of Consumer Protection, wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit that Boisvert entered into three contracts with Paul and Elizabeth Duarte of 54 Cottage St., Groton, in December 2017 and January 2018 but did not finish the work.

The couple hired Boisvert to remove a wall in their master bedroom and install a hallway to the master bathroom and to renovate the bathroom, according to the arrest warrant. The couple agreed to pay $42,500 for the work, which included carpentry, electrical and plumbing services, and paid him a total of $29,125, according to the warrant affidavit. They told the consumer protection investigator that Boisvert completed the demolition, rough framing and carpentry work and installed insulation but did not return to finish the remainder of the work.

According to the warrant, Boisvert's home improvement contractor registration had expired on Nov. 30, 2016, and his new home construction registration, obtained in August 2016, had been suspended in July 2017. Agent Green contacted Boisvert in April to ask him about the registration and did not receive a response, according to the warrant affidavit.

He posted a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in New London Superior Court on Dec. 18.

Boisvert also has a pending charge of violation of probation in Superior Court in Danielson, according to state Judicial Branch records. He had pleaded guilty in June 2015 to a second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while his license is suspended. He was sentenced to a year in prison followed by two years of probation. He was charged with the probation violation in May 2018.

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