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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.

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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