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Unlicensed Contractor Will Go to Prison: Jeffrey Woodhouse Targeted Elderly Customers Door-to-Door

Last week, Linn County Circuit Court Judge Carol R. Bispham sentenced Jeffrey Woodhouse to a new 13 months in prison for theft and working as an unlicensed contractor in the Sweet Home case.

Jeffrey Woodhouse
Jeffrey Woodhouse

(SALEM) - A construction con man will do prison time for stealing money from an elderly Sweet Home couple who took out a home loan to make a down payment on property improvements.

The couple paid Jeffrey Woodhouse $4,400 to replace siding and paint trim - work he never even started. In fact, the day after the scam, Woodhouse entered prison on similar charges involving other victims.

Last week, Linn County Circuit Court Judge Carol R. Bispham sentenced Jeffrey Woodhouse to a new 13 months in prison for theft and working as an unlicensed contractor in the Sweet Home case. The judge also ordered him to pay back the couple's money.

The Linn County case was one of many involving the 42-year-old Vancouver man who used fictitious business names and bogus contractor license numbers to win clients.

Legitimate contractors must be licensed through the CCB. Woodhouse was never licensed in Oregon or Washington. He typically took large deposits or full payment up front, then did little or no work. Victims describe him as charming, talkative and convincing. In making his pitch, he gave some of them calculators or other gifts.

"This just underscores the importance of contacting the CCB to see if a contractor is licensed - and to verify that the license information matches the person who is offering to work for you," Interim CCB Administrator Berri Leslie said.

"Of course, we always urge special caution if someone contacts you out of the blue - whether by phone or showing up on your doorstop," she added. "Never pay a big share of the project cost up front and always check references."

Since 2006, the CCB has received more than 30 complaints about Woodhouse. He has amassed nearly $50,000 in unpaid civil penalties, one reason the CCB sought criminal prosecution in some Oregon counties.

In addition to civil penalties, working as an unlicensed contractor is a misdemeanor crime. Woodhouse previously served more than two years in prison on Marion and Coos counties theft convictions. After his release less than a year ago, other charges caught up with him, including the Sweet Home case that will send him back to prison.

News Release from Construction Contractors Board

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BroC April 29, 2014 6:29 am (Pacific time)

Oregon permits unsavory, unlicensed contractors to operate as a Contractor to steal money, I have turned in over a hundred to CCB, state representative like Arnie Roblan, DOJ, Craig Smith the Coordinator of the CCB that retired last year due to SEXUAL HARRASSMENT charges like having the fox guarding the hen house. This is why people like Jeffrey Woodhouse operate out of Oregon. Woodhouse got busted due to being so blatant about his activities, article shows he was released several times for this con, and he does not move he just starts all over again in Oregon, not anywhere else. How do I know all the above, I have been a licensed CCB contractor in Oregon since 1992 and have to bid against these unethical contractors, but the CCB wants me to do their work including looking up law to teach them, I have lots of documentation dealing with CCB, Roblan, DOJ, etc. on these matters. Oregon's government is a waste of tax payers monies and is only feeding all these officials like pigs at a trough!

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