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Contractor fined, ordered to pay restitution over cabinet dispute

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A Winnipeg contractor has been fined $500 for committing an unfair business practice against a Winnipeg consumer, the province’s Consumer Protection Office said today.

Chris Bellamy, operator of Bel-Ami Home Improvements, pleaded guilty to one charge under the Business Practices Act on July 25.

Provincial court Judge Tim Killeen fined Bellamy $500 with an additional $100 for court costs, as well as ordering $2,900 in restitution to be paid to the affected customer.

The Consumer Protection Office (CPO) said in a release Friday that Bel-Ami Home Improvements entered into a contract to supply kitchen cabinets to the consumer in March 2011.

A deposit was placed with the company but the cabinets were never delivered. Manitoba Justice determined that charges should be laid.

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