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Scavone Plumbing: Victim Of Martha Coakley Election Coverup

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Former Attorney General Martha Coakley, is a professional loser. However, it takes a special kind of loser to be a democrat and lose a statewide election to a Republican, not once, but TWICE in four years. After losing to Scott Brown for the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Ted Kennedy, she set her eyes on the Governor’s office. But in order to win a campaign against a candidate like Charlie Baker, she had to make a name for herself as a protector of consumers. This was the formula that most would agree contributed to Elizabeth Warren’s victory in 2012. Martha had to make an example out of someone – any business owner would do really. So she set her eyes on her victim – Frank Scavone of Scavone Plumbing and Heating in Worcester – and set about in a campaign of lies, deception, and cover-ups, in order to destroy this local business so that she could attain political office.

This is what you get when you Google, “Scavone Plumbing”

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.50.33 PMI was shocked when I first saw this because Scavone Plumbing has done some quality work in my house before. My hot water heater shit the bad a couple years back and I called them up. Because I was working during normal business hours, I left a key for them to get into my basement and do the work. Within 24 hours of making the call I came home to find a brand new water heater, and proceeded to take a hot, orgasmic shower.

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So how can someone’s online profile end up like this? According to the Telegram and Gazette, this is what happened:

Francis Scavone III, 27, owner of Scavone Plumbing & Heating is charged with five counts of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act. The office of the attorney general in a press release this morning said Mr. Scavone failed to follow the required procedures relative to removal of asbestos, disposed a portion of the asbestos waste in an unpermitted location (in the basement of the home), and failed to file the required notification of asbestos removal with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

According to authorities, in November 2012, Scavone Plumbing & Heating removed an old heating system from a Worcester home. Authorities allege that Mr. Scavone failed to notify MassDEP that the work would disturb asbestos and did not follow the appropriate procedures to prevent asbestos emissions. Authorities also allege employees of Scavone Plumbing & Heating who were performing the work were instructed to dispose of some of the asbestos-containing material in the crawl space of the basement of the home.

A Worcester County grand jury returned indictments against Mr. Scavone on Sept. 19. He was arraigned on Monday in Worcester Superior Court and is due back in court on Dec. 5 for a pretrial conference.

Obviously anyone who would dump asbestos in a crawl space is a shady scumbag that you don’t want to be associated with. Scavone Plumbing immediately lost half their business – 150 of their 300 accounts contacted him to let them know that they could no longer do business with him because of his damaged reputation. When it was all said and done he lost approximately $250,000 worth of business annually.

Martha Coakley wasn’t done with him though. He was ordered to replace furniture, appliances, rugs, and several other things in the house on Rob Roy road. It cost him $90,000, which insurance did not cover and he was forced to pay out of pocket.

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Had he really done what was alleged, Martha Coakley would’ve been lauded as a crusader for consumer protection. A plumber who cuts corners by dumping asbestos and not following environmental protocol is someone the public has a right to know about.

However, it turns out that none of it was true, and Martha Coakley’s office knew that. We can also prove that. Instead of doing the right thing though, she refused to acknowledge that she was wrong, and continued to bully, harass, and defame the local businessman.

The article form the Telegram came from the Mass.gov website. It was published on October 29, 2012. The article merely outlined the indictment, but did not follow through on what actually occurred. As usual Turtleboy Sports finds itself to be in a position where they are the only ones reporting ACTUAL news. Here is what really happened….

In late 2011 Mr. Scavone got a call to convert a home’s heating system from oil to gas, because it’s much more efficient. In order to do this the home owner had to apply for a Mass Save loan, which requires an audit. The audit, which occurred in February of 2012, resulted in a pipe covered in asbestos being discovered in the crawl space of the basement, wrapped in a blanket. The homeowner and Scavone Plumbing were both informed that they could continue with installing the new heating system, so long as the pipe was not disturbed. Asbestos isn’t harmful unless it is moved.

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Here is the email from “Alice” of Mass Save, writing to the home owner,

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From: “Alice” <Alice.>


Date: January 7, 2013, 12:03:16 PM EST


To:[email protected]” <[email protected]>


Subject: Note on customer account – CSG

Hi <redacted>,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner but attached is the note on your account regarding the contractor calling in last year.  Please keep in mind that this is just a memo and only summarizes the conversation between the contractor and the CSG representative who answered the phone call on 2/23/2012 at 3:21 PM.

“jeff from accelerate called in, they found a large asbestos wrapped pipe sitting on the dirt floor that they needed to install a PVB on.  They were not comfortable trying to install the PVB without disturbing the asbestos wrapped pipe.  Jeff explained to the customer that they would have to have an abatement company remove the asbestos on the ground before they could proceed with any work.  No trip charge was approved”

Thank you,

Alice

As you can see, Alice is telling the home owner that on February 23, 2012, “Jeff,” the man who did the audit, discovered the asbestos wrapped pipe in the basement. Scavone Plumbing was made aware of the pipe, and was allowed to install the heating system so long as the pipe was not disturbed.

They began their work in late August of 2012. The job itself took four days. Mr. Scavone and three workers had the permits to do the job obtained from the city plumbing department (which we confirmed in our research), and cleaned up afterwards. It was a routine job, and they thought nothing was out of the ordinary.

In early December 2012, Mr. Scavone fired one of his workers who had assisted him on the job, for undisclosed reasons. Shortly afterwards Mr. Scavone got a visit from the Department of Environmental Protection. They had been tipped off by the disgruntled worker that Scavone Plumbing had discovered asbestos in the basement, worked around it without a permit, and dumped it in the corner where the pipe was. They had gone to the home and confirmed that there was in fact an asbestos covered pipe in the crawl space of the basement.

Not coincidentally Mr. Scavone received this visit less than a month after Elizabeth Warren defeated Senator Scott Brown on a campaign that revolved around consumer protection. Martha Coakley had been eyeing the Governor’s office, and it became clear that a candidate who goes after corrupt businessmen and protects consumers is an appealing candidate in a general election. She was going to make an example of Scavone Plumbing and use them to get elected.

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In September 2013, Mr. Scavone was issued a subpoena for his arraignment on October 29. At the arraignment Martha Coakley stood at the table opposite the defendant and said this:

“We allege that this defendant is responsible for the improper removal and disposal of asbestos, a hazardous material, therefore putting the homeowner and workers at risk,” AG Coakley said. “Companies and individuals must adhere to strict guidelines relating to asbestos removal in order to prevent people from being exposed to this dangerous toxin.”

I’ve highlighted “

therefore putting the homeowner and workers at risk

” because it is indicative of the populist message she was attempting to send. Mr. Scavone was the villainous business owner who cut corners in order to increase his profit margins at the expense of his employees and the residents of the home. And she was going to make an example of him.

Martha Coakley also alleged that, 

“employees of Scavone Plumbing & Heating who were performing the work were instructed to dispose of some of the asbestos-containing material in the crawl space of the basement of the home.”

Obviously she took the word of a bitter ex-employee as undoubtable truth. Because after all, it is politically convenient to go after an evil businessman who orders his employees to not only violate the law, but risk inhaling a carcinogen while doing so.

One of the last thing’s mentioned in the memo was that Mr. Scavone was “

due back in court on December 5 for a pre-trial conference.

So what happened on December 5th, 2013 at his pre-trial conference. This information cannot be found on the state’s website, nor was it followed up on by the Telegram. The case was continued to January 5, 2014, then to January 8, and finally on March 1, 2014, the charges were dismissed by Judge Robert Lemire in Superior Court.

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It was a simple rap to beat quite frankly. The pipe was there before he got there. It was corroborated by the email about the phone conversation between the homeowner and Mass Save on February 12, 2012, which confirmed that the pipe was already in the spot where the DEP would find it 21 months later. Therefore Mr. Scavone could not have put it there, since his work began long after the February 12, 2012 phone call.

The fact that Mr. Scavone was completely innocent didn’t seem to matter much to the Attorney General. In March of 2014 when the case was dismissed Martha Coakley was in overdrive, trying to win a heated democratic gubernatorial primary. Mr. Scavone contacted her office and asked that they print a retraction, but they told him no. No reason was given why, so Turtleboy Sports called Martha Coakley’s office twice this past week for a comment. We were referred to their press handlers, and left two messages. Not surprisingly neither were returned.

Studies have shown that when people look for a local plumber, 97% of them begin their search on Google or Bing. As you have seen above, this was not good for Scavone Plumbing. His online reputation was destroyed. He soon began getting calls from contractors and a series of bid retractions. Seven heating systems he was set to install were cancelled. He lost three general contractors as well. When it was all said and done he went from 300 customers to 150 and had lost an estimated $250,000 worth of business.

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Frank Scavone is the type of citizen it would seem America needs. He graduated from Worcester Voke in 2004 and started his business from scratch in 2006 – during the worst economy we’ve seen in decades. He invested his own money but he was happy to do so since he liked the work and was providing the public with a necessary service.

Everyone I spoke to regarding his work had rave reviews. Dr. Robert McCarthy, a local Worcester dentist, spoke with us about jobs Mr. Scavone has done for him.

Frank has never failed me. Even with the most complicated problems he never stops. He is tenacious and always works until the job is done.”

Mr. Scavone was hired by Dr. McCarthy more than once, including jobs to fix his heating system, do repair work on existing system, and update his upstairs apartment’s heating system. According to Dr. McCarthy the monthly heating bill has gone from $400 to $200 a month because of Mr. Scavone’s work.

Frank Scavone is the type of person that a society needs in order to function. You might not realize this, but it gets cold in New England, and up-to-date heating systems are essential to get us through the winter. On top of that he is a job creator, employing plumbers and heat guys. Oh yea, and he’s a taxpayer, which is a good thing because welfare doesn’t grow on trees.

But instead of embracing this type of person and going after real criminals, Martha Coakley attacked Mr. Scavone in a failed attempt to gain political office. Luckily she lost, but Mr. Scavone’s reputation remains. I urge you if you’ve ever hired Scavone Plumbing and were satisfied with the work to leave a positive review on Yelp. Or better yet, give him a call the next time you need have a plumbing or heating issue. Tell him Turtleboy sent you. That’s how you stick it to Martha Coakley right there.

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9 Comment(s)
  • Courtney
    April 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Frank is not a victim!!! DO NOT HIRE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could give him zero stars! How he has an average of 4 stars is beyond me. This guy brought me to tears! He worked on our boiler in November and took a month to complete the installation. I had a newborn baby at home during freezing cold weather, kept me waiting and lied about when he would be back, and we ended up having to at my family’s for over two weeks trying to get this guy to complete the job. He never responded to calls, had his secretary cancel the morning he was supposed to arrive. They installed a different boiler than what was on the work order. I expressed my frustration through tears and his response was “Well, ya know I could be working on bigger jobs than yours making more money so if you don’t come down I am just going to walk away from this job” This was after giving him 3K!!! His website said they took credit card, but he told us he wouldn’t take anything other than a cashiers check. He played dumb when I mentioned the website. We had issues of the boiler overflowing after installation, had other plumbing services come out and paid additional money to fix his poor installation. The inspection officer and the two plumbing services mentioned this guy as being the worst and they often fix his work. DO NOT HIRE THIS GUY!! We found out he has had his licensed puled previously and we are working with the city, lawyers,m etc to get his license pulled because of how badly he treated us and how much he messed up the job and money he cost us. DONT DO IT!!

  • FACTMAN
    January 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    One time I had to take a massive dump but my toilet wouldn’t work. I called Scavone and he came and fixed it. What a relief!

  • Finnish Goalie
    January 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Hmm, well, once again, I’d give TB the information through e-mail. Give him the goods, and this alleged cheater of the public can be dealt with, it’s not too tough.

  • Finnish Goalie
    January 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Bob, you should contact the individuals that you claim were cheated and get them in contact with TB though the e-mail address provided. If you have evidence to the contrary, this is vital.

    The number of people that see the page, this could be nail in coffin if false. I’m sure they’d be more than happy to provide said information, yes?

    • Harold
      January 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Scavone’s ad is on the side of every post on this site. People’s horror stories, true or not, aren’t making it onto this site based on that. Not a chance.

  • WillyaSuffolk
    January 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Martha Coakley is a headline seeking misleading that will destroy every honest citizen in her path to an election, unless of course a campaign contribution altered her direct path.

    She is an out & out bent over $$$$$ for Union votes and lawyer fat cats The unions owned her lock stock and barrel and had their way with her entire agenda. Mr Scavone was but one example o thousands of legitimate, non Union hack shops that Martha crushed to pursue her personal goals at taxpayer expense. He couldn’t hur Her, so she used his and hundreds of other other businesses backs to step on to climb to the top.

    Unfortunately for Tim Cahill, she fell off of the middle class workers backs too late, but the rest of the middle class can not take their legal recourse against her without fear of retribution.

    Expect many well deserved attempts to claim justice.

  • January 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Meh.. Lacks solid evidence of motive, and is pretty poorly put together.

    • Tim
      January 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      What?

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