I don’t think Google places a large value on directory site hyperlinks and I absolutely would not spend for a listing, unless I was in a really tight specific niche and I understood that the directory site could provide web traffic and not just the hyperlink.
You have simply been conned. Chris now calls you and tells you about a solution he is supplying from anywhere from 100-500$ per month to keep your Google Places page online. He does not working from Google, he is a pitch man/con man. You have given him authority over your web page by offering him the code. You have a few choices which all are bad. You can mention him and await that to be fixed. You could pay him and be imprisoned for life. You can start a brand-new locations web page and lose your existing rank and page age. Or, you could merely underrate Google Places and the business it drives for life.