MADIGAN SUES WASHINGTON COUNTY CONTRACTOR FOR VIOLATING
Carbondale — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court alleging that a local home repair and remodeling contractor defrauded Illinois consumers of more than $16,000. The contractor allegedly took down payments for home remodeling services, including roof repairs, but failed to start or complete the work.
“Rather than providing honest service, this contractor took advantage of his customers,” Madigan said. “My office intends to hold him accountable and seeks to stop him from doing business in Illinois.”
Madigan’s suit alleges Brad Peters, who does business as Custom Design contracting in Irvington, entered into contracts to repair homes and allegedly accepted consumers’ down payments but then either failed to start or complete the work. The complaint alleges that Peters also failed to provide the required detailed and itemized proposal. The Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau has received two complaints – both from consumers in Jefferson County – about the defendant’s work.
Madigan’s lawsuit alleges that the defendant violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act by failing to complete the repair work and refusing to provide refunds to consumers.
In the suit, Madigan asks the court to prohibit the defendant from engaging in the home repair trade in Illinois. Madigan’s suit also seeks to have the defendant pay restitution for consumers, a civil penalty of $50,000, and additional penalties of $50,000 for each violation found to have been committed with the intent to defraud. The lawsuit also asks the court to require the defendant to pay the costs of the investigation and prosecution of the case.
Madigan reminds consumers that the best way to avoid home repair fraud is to request and then check references provided by contractors and to also check with her office and the Better Business Bureau to determine if other consumers have already filed complaints about the contractor.
“Home repair, remodeling and construction complaints consistently rank among the top consumer grievances my office receives each year,” Madigan said. “Consumers need to protect their substantial financial investments in home projects by carefully checking on contractors before any money changes hands.”
Consumers can find home repair and remodeling tips and other information on Madigan's Web site by going to www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov and clicking on "Protecting Consumers.” Consumers also can obtain more information on how to guard against home repair fraud by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline at the following numbers:
Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Feltman is handling this case for Attorney General Madigan's Consumer Fraud Bureau.