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In a press release dated April 13, 2015, the Illinois Attorney General's Office announced the filing of a lawsuit in Cook and Macoupin counties, alleging that four companies required homeowners to pay large deposits upfront and failed to complete the work, or in some cases failing to begin repairs.
Ultimate Roofing and Remodeling and owner Jerry Yeager were cited for allegations requiring homeowners to pay several thousands of dollars in deposits, only to provide poor or no workmanship. Further allegations state that Yeager did not provide customers with documentation of warranties and contracts, and did not reimburse subcontractors for their work.
1st Choice Exteriors Inc. and unlicensed public adjuster Bill R. Frias were cited for allegations of defrauding homeowners out of insurance adjustments following storms. The lawsuit states that after promising homeowners free home inspections and offering to meet with insurance adjusters, the company demanded insurance proceeds without doing any repair work or providing refunds. The lawsuit also alleges that workers further damaged consumers' homes in an effort to drive up insurance proceeds.
Above Grade Construction LLC and William Boerger were cited for targeting homeowners recovering from storm damage. The lawsuit alleges the company took insurance checks and other forms of payment from homeowners, though workers did not complete the work as promised. Even though consumers paid for work in full, subcontractors were not paid, leaving some homeowners now facing liens.
Click Marketing Inc., In Stock Cabinets Inc., Shop RTA Cabinets Inc., World Class Commerce Inc. and Frank LaMark, Jr., were cited for charging customers for cabinets they never received. According to the lawsuit, consumers purchasing cabinets online or in stores were required to pay up front. The lawsuit says the promised cabinets were never shipped, and consumers did not receive refunds.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the courts to permanently ban the defendants from conducting home repairs in Illinois, cancel any pending contracts with homeowners and obtain restitution for affected consumers. The lawsuits also seek to impose civil penalties based on violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act.
The full text of the press release can be accessed here.