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Guilty contractor returns to court for sentencing

An unlicensed Redwood Meadows home renovation contractor will be sentenced in Calgary court Nov. 23 for violating the province’s Fair Trading Act.
Kieron Warren
Kieron Warren

An unlicensed Redwood Meadows home renovation contractor will be sentenced in Calgary court Nov. 23 for violating the province’s Fair Trading Act.

Kieron Warren, 39, previously pleaded guilty to five violations stemming from 2007 and 2008, involving three clients who lost $55,000 to Warren for work that he never completed.

Warren is guilty of operating as a prepaid contractor without a license, and two counts of failing to provide a refund after a customer cancelled a contract.

Warren was operating a company called Hillcrest Renovations. He attempted to file for bankruptcy in 2010, listing debts of nearly $1 million to more than a dozen creditors, including Revenue Canada, and California Closets, his previous business. The application was denied because Warren would not provide statements of income or attend mandated financial counselling sessions.

Warren is currently under investigation by Service Alberta for similar violations of the Fair Trading Act, involving complaints by more than seven clients and losses estimated at $400,000.

Those latest violations occurred under a new company name, KREATE Cabinets, which is listed as being under the directorship of his mother, Greta Warren of Calgary.

Some of the complaints are from residents of Springbank, Okotoks and Redwood Meadows. Service Alberta has issued an order prohibiting Warren, or anyone connected with the company, from taking advance payments.

A website has been set up to provide more information on the case, which lists a contact number for those wishing to file complaints. Go to victimsofkieronwarren.wordpress.com.