Waterworld Fiber Glass Pools, a Hammonton-based pool company accused of leaving some customers with holes in the ground, must pay $2.6 million in civil fines and restitution to customers, a judge has ruled.
State Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson ordered the company to pay the penalties, including $277,550 in restitution, siding with the state Division of Consumer Affairs which proved that the company, and its vice president Donald Tallman, committed 229 violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
“Some consumers were left with enormous holes that had been dug in their backyards after the defendants failed to complete contracted-for work,” acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said in a statement.
Pool liners that should have lasted for years developed cracks within weeks, said Steve Lee, acting director of the division of consumer affairs. Electrical systems failed code inspections because of improper installation, he said.
“After hiring Waterworld Fiber Glass Pools, consumers were subjected to substandard and unacceptable work, when work was completed at all,” Lee said in a statement.
Tallman is barred from working in the state’s home improvement industry. The court also ordered that Waterworld’s certificate of formation be permanently canceled.
The company could not be reached for comment and did not have an attorney representing it in the case. According to the Better Business Bureau’s website, it is believed to be out of business.