06 Dec FRAUD ALERT – Robert Allen Monk
Robert Allen Monk, is not and never has been associated with MONK Renovations.
It is unfortunate that he shares a family name, however he is a criminal fraudster, and I am very pleased that he has been caught and charged with fraud.
As a professional engineer and having worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, this type of crime is absolutely disgusting. This crime is harmful to our industry and the majority of contractors who are honest, hardworking people, doing great work and serving great clients.
To protect yourself against fraud, please ensure you get the following:
- Written estimate
- Signed contract
- References (Call them)
It also helps to work with the following:
- Safety Certification
- Liability & WCB Insurance
- Social media and website presence (check out the reviews)
All these things contribute to credibility and reduce the risk of fraud.
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Original News Article from CBC – · CBC News ·
Contractor facing multiple fraud charges accused of taking money and not doing work
Halifax police say they have charged Robert Allan Monk, 50
Halifax Regional Police have laid multiple fraud charges against a Halifax-area contractor who allegedly took money for work he never performed.
Robert Allan Monk, 50, agreed to home improvement jobs for a number of people between May 2020 and May 2021, police said Monday in a news release. They said Monk asked for money upfront, usually via e-transfer.
Police alleged Monk would not perform the work clients paid for and would stop communicating with them.
Monk faces eight fraud charges, three charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, three charges of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and 10 charges of breaching probation.
None of the allegations has been tested in court.
Using the name of a legitimate business
Dan Monk owns Monk Renovations in Halifax — and he wants to make it clear his company is in no way affiliated with the accused.
The business owner said he’s been aware of Robert Monk for about a year, and has been getting calls and messages for the last few months from alleged victims.
He alleged the accused told customers that he was affiliated with Monk Renovations “in order to boost his credibility.”
“It’s just disgusting to me,” said Dan Monk.
He has some advice for people looking to hire a reputable contractor:
- Get a written quote.
- Sign a contract.
- Look for someone who is incorporated and insured.
- Check their references.
Robert Monk is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date.