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I gave a builder $7500 for a new roof. He did not show up

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I gave a builder $7500 for a new roof. He did not show up and is not returning phone calls. I subsequently found out that he is on parole, living in an apartment in AC, where he had previously done some work and still had keys w/o the owner's permission. I filed a criminal complaint with the Pennsauken Police Department. Is there anything else I can do before the detective gets back to me next week?
Welcome and thank you for your question!

I am sorry to learn of your experience. Because the amount is more than $3,000, you are not in a position to sue him in small claims court in NJ http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/prose/10290_small_claims.pdf

You could, if you wanted to, hire a local attorney to sue him in the Law Division of the Superior Court (there are not do-it-yourself forms for that and the process takes a lot longer). However, that would not resolve anything before the detective gets back.

Or, you can wait for the detective and pursue criminal charges.

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