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Contractor Accused of Ripping Off Former Waterford First Selectman

Michael Douton of North Stonington has been arrested for allegedly lying about being a registered home contractor.

A North Stonington contractor was arrested this month after he allegedly ripped off a former Waterford first selectman and lied about being a registered contractor.

Michael Douton, Jr., 37, of North Stonington, was arrested this month for representing himself falsely as a registered home contractor and for making home improvements without a home contracting registration. The arrest followed an incident in December of 2011 when he allegedly did a poor job paving the driveway of Anthony Gigliotti, a former Waterford first selectman.

“He did a terrible job,” Gigliotti’s wife, Ann Gigliotti, said. “He took the money and went.”

Douton said he was a registered contractor, when in fact he was using his uncle’s registration number, according to an arrest report written by Michael Green, an investigator for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Douton could not get his own registration because he is a convicted felon, according to Green.

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On Dec. 12, 2011, Douton agreed to pave the Gigliotti’s driveway on Fulmore Drive for $2,200, which Anthony Gigliotti paid him full in cash. The two signed a contract that included a contracting registration number that Douton said was his, but was later found out to be his uncle’s.

Douton paved the driveway, and did a poor job, according to Anthony Gigliotti. Douton didn’t finish all the curbing Gigliotti asked him to do, and the asphalt was put down too thin so it cracked, Gigliotti said.

“It was a poor job,” Gigliotti said.

Gigliotti said he called Douton several times before Douton finally came out again in March of 2012. There, Douton said he would redo the driveway, but Gigliotti said he instead wanted his money back.

“I asked for a refund, which he refused to do,” Gigliotti said. “He offered to repave the driveway, but after he did such a bad job the first time, I didn’t trust him anymore.”

After Douton refused to give Gigliotti’s money back, Gigliotti called the Department of Consumer Protection. He also got bids from other contractors to redo the driveway, with the cheapest one coming in at $3,800, according to Green’s report.

Green investigated Douton and found he was not a registered home contractor. When Green interviewed Douton, Douton said it was his uncle’s number, according to the report.

According to the report, Douton applied for a contractor’s license in 2007, but was denied because he is a convicted felon.

Douton was arrested this month for representing himself falsely as a registered home contractor and for making home improvements without a home contracting registration. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 16th.

Patch called the address where Douton was listed as living, and got ahold of his father, who said Douton no longer lives there. He said he did not have a contact number for Douton. Patch called Douton’s company, Douton Paving, but the number was no longer in service.

Gigliotti said he was still out his $2,200 and his driveway is still a mess. He  said he was hoping to get his money refunded and then will get his driveway fixed.

Editor's Note: The original article said Douton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol following a crash where the passenger died. Douton was the passenger in that accident.

Craig Caulkins January 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM
If it sounds to good to be true it usually is. A lot of people will buy the price tag and assume the finished job will be fine. We always tell our customers to check our references and go see our work. In this economy you have to shop smart.
Jenelle January 14, 2013 at 03:53 PM
His record is a mile long... why don't people call their local court and ask them to run the name of a potential contractor/babysitter/boyfriend before hiring/dating them?? It's a free service that is available to the public. One call to the court and the Gigliottis would not have hired him, I guarantee. They need to take some responsibility for their bad choice. If he gives you a registration number, run it yourself! And don't stop there. Do a background check!
Ron January 14, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Did he apply for a permit ?
Ron January 14, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I think I had the same guy. He did rotten work. Does he have a black truck ?
Waterford born and bred January 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I agree with you , Craig Caulkins. Reliable people charge fair prices. Just because someone offers to do a "cheap job" doesn't mean a good job or even an acceptable job. Before making this kind of investment, it is always better to check first...not after.
Gail Malloy January 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
My friend hired him for his driveway and he did a good job.Don't know what happened here.
Carol January 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Paul, rather the guy did a good job or a poor job he still offered to correct the problem and the selectman refused and wanted his money back!! I can't help but wonder if this was a reguale guy and not a selectman (former) of Waterford would you have covered the story? But enough of that, before you wrote that he was arrested for a DUI that killed his passenger, you should have checked into it cause when I looked this up I read that the driver of the truck was killed and Douton was the passenger.
Hedda Harpa January 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I've read this article and something sounds a little off the wall to me. Commenting on Carol's re-mark. I really think if Paul Petrone wants to have a site reporting the news and happenings around the town, he really should do his homework before he reports the stories, to make sure he has gets his facts straight. This could be a law suit.
Daniel Douton January 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I have worked for him before and he has always went out of his way to make sure that thecustomer is happy with the job. Sum people you just cant make them happy no matter what you do. He offered to redo the job what else more does this guy want? It sounds to me like this guy wanted sum thing for nothing.
BJ January 15, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Being a "registered contractor" does NOT make you a good contractor, just one who is willing to submit to yet another state sponsored extortion ring.
Bill Travis January 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
In regard to this retracting statement you made, that was quite a retraction from "Douton was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol after an accident that killed a passenger in the car.". I to did some investigating on this story you wrote and your retraction isn't even correct. Douton, was a passenger in a fatal motor vehicle crash that took the life of the driver of the vehicle where Douton was critically injured. May I suggest that if you are going to be an editor for Patch you should get your facts straight before you publish them. And, may I also stay this isn't the first story you have written that the facts have been wrong. Furthermore, what does the above statement you wrote have anything to do with paving a driveway? The man offered to go back and correct what the customer was not happy with. What more did the former selectman want? A free Job?
Toby January 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I have seen the driveway in question and I can tell you that I would not want him to repave it either.Also,If a person gets a price from a contractor,why shouldn't he expect a job well done?
Joshua January 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
As a lifelong Waterford resident, here are my thoughts: Mr. Gigliotti's status as the former first selectman is entirely inconsequential. What matters is that he is a Waterford resident and thus, at the very least, should expect an article such as this to expose the wrong-doings against him. As for those who question his rationale behind not desiring this man to return to his house and redo the job....would any of you wish for a convicted felon, who has lied, cheated, and assumed a false license, who has now publicly been shamed for his work, to return to your home? I side with Mr. Gigliotti on this one.
Tony Gigliotti January 17, 2013 at 01:33 AM
For the record the contractor did not offer to repave my driveway. He offered to seal the driveway which would not have corrected the poor workmanship. Being a former first selectman has nothing to do with the issue. Like anyone else all I wanted was a good product for the good money I paid him, not something for nothing.
Bill Travis January 17, 2013 at 05:20 PM
“I asked for a refund, which he refused to do,” Gigliotti said. “He offered to repave the driveway, but after he did such a bad job the first time, I didn’t trust him anymore.” Unless Patch got it wrong again I was just going by your own words. Mr. Gigliotti, I'm sure you already know, you get what you pay for and if you choose to go with the cheapest bid that usually means your not going to get the best results.
Ron January 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Mr.Gigliotti Everyone in life gets ripped off, and I feel bad for you as it has happened to all of us. However i have good news for you and all Waterford and CT residents Obama has promised everything in the future will be free and this includes medical care, welfare benefits, unemployment benefits, free food, meaningful well paying jobs for our children, Nobel peace prizes, and this also includes free cars and free driveway paving. Thus you did get ripped off but this will not be he case in the future as we will all be enjoying everything for free. Our children and senior citizens are going to be so lucky that their future with our projected 28 trillion dollar debt at the end of his presidency will make everything free. Forget the bad experience with a driveway paved in just blacktop.. our driveways in the future will be perfect and paved in solid gold.
Big Bubba Short Draws January 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Proverbs 21:2 People may be right in their own eyes, but The Lord examines their heart.
joe perkins January 25, 2013 at 09:38 PM
It's about time theystarted cracking down on these non Licenced contractors continue the pace of cracking down on companies like this one if u want a good honest job call 860 625 2428 licenced & insured
j-j February 01, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Yes Mike Douton had a black truck. I beleive it was a newer ford pick-up... He tried to con me into buying one of his garbage driveway sealing jobs, and all i could smell was pure alchohol on his breath, so i rejected the offer. The man couldnt even stand straight without wiggling around all over the place. He is like a gnat at a barbeque just bugging the hell out of everyone. i kept saying no to the fishy offer, but he kept pushing it. so i closed my door in his face. That is all.
Bill Thibault February 01, 2013 at 09:00 PM
IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT SOMEONE HAD MADE A POST HERE USING MY NAME,THE FACT REMAINS THAT THIS IS MY FIRST POST ON THIS SITE.MY NAME IS WILLIAM THIBAULT. JOE PERKINS AND I ARE VERY GOOD FRIENDS-HE RUNS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED BUSINESSES IN THE AREA! THE ''GYPSY PAVERS'' ON THE OTHER HAND-AS YOU CAN SEE ARE SHADY THIEVES!!!! MIKE AND DANNY- ITS GONNA BE PRETTY FUNNY WATCHING YOU FACE YOUR OWN FAMILY AFTER THIS KIND OF GARBAGE!!!!
Hedda Harpa February 02, 2013 at 07:22 AM
I read the post that you posted with the above name Bill Thibault and it was not a very nice post that you wrote. You just didn't realize that when you opened this account to write a vicious comment that your name was going to appear on that post. Now you are saying this is your first post on this site and William Thibault is your first name. Well if William is your name and this is your first post can you answer me one question? Why is the name on the top of your post Bill Thibaut the same name you used to write the vicious post. I really did enjoy reading your post I did get a chuckle out of it but don't try to pass the blame on to someone else for your own stupidity on getting caught. I am very surprised that Waterford Patch is allowing this trash on his web site. A web site that many of us enjoy reading to keep us updated on local events has now turned into a tabloid magazine.
Bill Thibault February 02, 2013 at 01:48 PM
first of all,i did not even know this site existed untli joe called me yesterday,when i found it online, i found in order to make a comment you have to register your email. i have contacted the editor of this site as the visious post was NOT made by me!!! it was most probably made by MIKE DOUTON himself. mike has burned not only the people you see above-but countless others. take or leave it. first post was not me.

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