The state Department of Justice is seeking a court order permanently barring an unlicensed contractor from working in construction in the state.
A complaint made public last week in Lane County Circuit Court accuses Jason Robert Gamble of misrepresenting himself as a licensed contractor for seven years. He did work in Lane and Deschutes counties, the lawsuit says.
The suit also seeks a fine of up to $25,000 for each of Gamble’s violations of state contracting law.
It claims that Gamble advertised his services as J.G. Construction, an unregistered business name, and misled customers to believe that he had posted a bond to cover any damages resulting from his work.
The Register-Guard was unable to reach Gamble for comment. A telephone number listed for him in Oregon Circuit Court records has been disconnected.
Between December 2007 and March 2010, Gamble posted 43 Internet ads in which he described himself as an experienced contractor who could “handle all phases of construction and remodeling” and who offered seniors a 10 percent discount, the suit alleges.
In at least one of the ads, Gamble said “I build new homes” and “additions to your existing home.”
The state alleges that Gamble contracted with a Marcola woman in September 2008, agreeing to repair her roof for $348. She hired him based on an Internet ad in which Gamble described himself as an experienced contractor. He told her the repaired roof was “guaranteed not to leak,” according to court documents.
The woman called him back when the roof still leaked a month later, and he persuaded her to pay an additional $1,374 for him to remove a skylight and replace a section of the roof, the complaint alleges.
“The roof continued to leak,” the suit said, but the woman then had “a very difficult time” reaching Gamble and he never returned to make repairs.
The suit charges that Gamble also misrepresented himself as a licensed contractor earlier that year when he performed supervisory and siding construction on a home in Bend.