Triad Home Repair Company Banned from Business in North Carolina
Took consumers' cash deposits but never finished the jobs
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says that a repair company that defrauded Triad consumers by taking their cash deposits but never finishing the jobs they were hired to do has now been banned from operating in North Carolina.
"Avoid doing business with anyone who shows up at your home and asks you to pay for repair work in advance," Cooper said. "Don't get rushed into paying for home repairs, and never hire contractors to work on your home without checking them out thoroughly."
Wake County Superior Court Judge Kendra D. Hill issued a temporary restraining order against Leo Joseph "Joe" Overman and Reconda Browder Worley (also known as Ricci Overman) of Midstate Quality Home Repair & Paint Co. at Cooper's request. The order was issued because the defendants allegedly charged consumers cash deposits for repair work and then refused to either finish the work or return consumers' money.
A complaint filed by the North Carolina Attorney General's Office alleges that Overman and Worley advertised such home repair services as roofing, gutter cleaning and installation, painting, pressure washing, remodeling, deck and fence restoration, and siding cleaning and repair. Midstate first charged one half of the repair cost upfront by either cash or check, but after conducting an initial visit to start the job, often told consumers that they would need even more money to finish. They then refused to provide refunds after they left consumers with repairs that were only partly finished, if they had been finished at all. Consumers were defrauded out of thousands of dollars due to this scam.
According to the complaint, Midstate charged one consumer in Guilford County a down payment of $2,500 before starting work on a roof and vinyl siding replacement. The defendants stopped working before finishing and demanded an additional $4,000. The consumer called the company to repair the roof after noticing that it was leaking, but the defendants refused to either complete the job or provide a refund.
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office conducted an investigation and found that Midstate also operated as Midstate Quality Home Improvements and Overman Roofing. The scheme targeted victims in Alamance and Guilford Countries. Six consumers in all have filed a complaint with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office regarding the company, five since July 2016.