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Contractor charged with bilking client of $17.6K on home-repairs job

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Police said John Foristall, 49, of Fairfield, took money for home improvements that were never done.

A local contractor took $17,646 from a Godfrey Road resident for home improvements, but never completed the work, police said.

John Foristall, 49, of Tahmore Drive, was charged at his home last Thursday with offering home repairs without a license, failure to pull a permit, failure to register a trade name, failure to furnish a three-day cancellation notice and failure to inform of the right to cancel.

Foristall -- working as J&F Contractors -- agreed last November to do several jobs at the Godfrey Road home, including interior and exterior painting, electrical work, a complete bathroom remodel and the installation of French doors, according to the report. The project was to take four months, but Foristall was last seen by the homeowner in March. None of the jobs was finished, police said.

Police said Foristall's contractor's license expired last November, and as of June 23 of this year, had not been renewed.

The homeowner also reported that during that time period, a $2,000 fur coat, a $200 camera and 35 bottles of liquor appeared to be missing, although police said there apparently was no evidence to link the missing items to Foristall.

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