A lawn fitter leaves with his bail without doing the work

Citizens have taken to social media to denounce a contractor who has disappeared with his deposits of up to $4,000 … without ever providing the promised artificial turf installation service on their property.

“When he canceled the turf installation a fourth time, I thought I’d do it myself Thingssays Vanessa Attick.

The latter had paid Éric Paul, the owner of the company, a deposit of $1750 to guarantee the work.


Corporate website of the PLBC Group.

Screenshot / group-plbc.c

Corporate website of the PLBC Group.

Ms. Attick first contacted the entrepreneur on Facebook Marketplace last May. She wanted to add artificial grass to a children’s playground at her campsite in Bromont, which she owns.

“I told him we had to do this hurry up before the camping season. Every week there was a new excuse. First the rain. Then a truck problem. Eventually I told him to drop it and give me my deposit back,” says the family’s mother.


Corporate website of the PLBC Group.

Screenshot / groupe-plbc.ca

Corporate website of the PLBC Group.

threats

The saga was far from over. La Bromontoise mentions that Éric Paul then multiplied the excuses for not refunding his $1,700 deposit.

“After that I quit him,” Vanessa Attick plagues.

She therefore requested another contractor to carry out the work at her campsite. It just so happened that he knew the owner of Groupe PLBC.

“Éric Paul is his subcontractor. He went up to him and said to him: If you don’t pay the girl’s bail back, you’ll never have contracts with me again. I finally got my money the next day,” says Ms. Attick, still shocked by the mishap.

Multiple Victims

His case is not unique. the protocol spoke to three other people who say they were scammed by Eric Paul and claim he let them down week in and week out. He allegedly disappeared with their bail worth up to $4,000 without doing the work, they denounce.


Exchange of text messages between Éric Paul and his clients.  The contractor is stating here that he is unavailable to lay a client's turf due to an accident.

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Exchange of text messages between Éric Paul and his clients. The contractor is stating here that he is unavailable to lay a client’s turf due to an accident.

Vincent Colizza, a Laval resident, says he’s still waiting to get his $800 back for the artificial turf that hasn’t been laid at his home since last month.

“He pushed the date back five times with a lot of excuses. I’m frustrated because the company is registered and everything. […] I wanted to report it to the Laval police but they told me there was nothing they could do,” says Mr Colizza.

The Laval resident sent a formal notice to the contractor, who have since ignored his messages. He now plans to sue him for small claims.


Vanessa Attick - Victim of Ecric Paul

Karine Couture, a Quebec resident, also wants her $2,700 bail back for work that was never done in her backyard. “I haven’t slept for several days because of it. […] I’m just asking him to respect his contract or reimburse me,” says Ms. Couture.

The entrepreneur fights back

Éric Paul, who was contacted about the matter, admits to having “management issues” with his new company, launched in April 2022, and claims he is not a scammer. However, he denies pressured Vanessa Attick to return her bail.


Citizens are warning Quebecers of a contractor who disappeared with deposits from his customers of up to $4,000 without ever installing the promised artificial turf on their land.  In this photo: Éric Paul, owner of Groupe PLBC Credit: erykpaul01 / Instagram

Photo by Instagram, erykpaul01

Citizens are warning Quebecers of a contractor who disappeared with deposits from his customers of up to $4,000 without ever installing the promised artificial turf on their land. In this photo: Éric Paul, owner of Groupe PLBC Credit: erykpaul01 / Instagram

“I understand the frustration [des clients] and all that. Honestly, I look at the deal and we’re out of money. I don’t even know what solution to find to refund them,” pleads the owner of Groupe PLBC, who is now considering filing for bankruptcy.

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