Posted: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 AM by Lindsey Gordon (email@example.com)
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 AM
HELENA - Shawn William Corbett, the owner of Helena boat-repair shop Maximum Marine, accused of ripping off area boat owners, made an initial appearance in district court on Thursday.
Corbett faces three felony counts of deceptive practices, one felony count of issuing a bad check, and two misdemeanors for deceptive practices.
According to court documents, Corbett promised and was paid for services he did not complete.
He is scheduled to make a plea on October 17.
(August 12, 2013) The owner of a Helena boat repair shop is being charged with several felonies after allegedly ripping off some Helena boat owners.
According to court documents, Shawn William Corbett, the owner of Maximum Marine, is being accused of promising to repair boats, taking the money, and not delivering on the services he promised.
In one case, Helena resident John MacDonald took his boat to the shop, paid Corbett $2,000, and five months later Corbett still had not completed the repairs.
Court filings indicate there are a handful of other cases where residents have had bad business dealings with Corbett.
He is being charged with three felony counts of deceptive practices, one felony charge of issuing a bad check, and two misdemeanor counts of deceptive practices.
MacDonald says this situation could have easily been avoided.
"Montana has got great resources: the Office of Consumer Protection at the Attorney General's office and the public courts where you can go down and look up businesses. If I would have taken five minutes to do that, I would have saved a lot of headaches for myself," MacDonald said.
According to the Office of Consumer Protection, there are six complaints filed against Maximum Marine.