Door-to-Door Water Treatment Sales Venture Leads to Conviction

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An Ontario Government news release last week reports a Guelph man pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count under the Consumer Protection Act for misleading consumers – including here in Kingston – in relation to door-to-door sales of water treatment equipment.

On June 7, Justice of the Peace Jane Moffatt convicted Danny Shamon of failing, as an officer or director of a corporation, to prevent the corporation from committing an unfair practice contrary to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.

Shamon was ordered to pay a fine of $4,000, placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay a $1,000 victim fine surcharge. He was also required to pay approximately $11,000 in restitution to three consumers, including some seniors.

According to the release issued by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services:

Shamon, operating under two business names, Eagle Water of Pickering and Global Environmental Solutions, employed sales people to sell water treatment equipment door to door. The corporations misled consumers by providing agreements that falsely identified the corporations as members of the Canadian Water Quality Association. Neither the corporations nor Shamon provided consumers with the refunds they had requested.

Affected consumers lived in Beaverton, Cobourg, Bancroft as well as in Kingston.

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The Ministry points out that more door-to-door salespeople may be encountered over the summer and consumers should not feel pressured to sign an agreement at the door.

It advises that, to protect themselves, consumers can the ministry’s Consumer’s Beware List before entering a contract with any company, and go to Consumer Protection Ontario for tips on how to safely enter a contract.

Kingston Utilities also posted a warning last week in regards to water filtration system sales people going door-to-door in the city – publishing its own consumer awareness tips online.

Full Government release | Photo (cc)