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