Unfinished Project Costs Elderly Couple More

Bob Wray is a firefighter called in as a contractor to rescue an unfinished project. Bob Wray says, "I had to tear out some of the walls and move them and re do it."

Karen Altman and her disabled husband paid another contractor Main Construction four thousand dollars last fall and that contractor framed basement rooms late last year but didn't come back.

Karen says, "He had pneumonia the more heart problems then his wife wrecked his truck."

The Better Business Bureau president Jim Hegarty talked to another customer of Main construction, "I had to hire another contractor to get the job done."

The owner of Main Construction tells Fact Finders by phone that his business is broke. "I feel very stupid i even attempted to get something off the ground. Mike asks: but paying them back? Main says: i plan on it. I never have any intent on not doing this or not completing it."

Karen says Main Construction should only keep several hundred dollars for work done and refund the bulk of the four thousand dollars she paid. Karen says, " It’s not nearly four thousand dollars of work that he did."

Karen is paying Bob Wray to finish the job. But paying another contractor cuts deep into the Altman's retirement funds.

Though his construction business folded the owner of Main Construction tells Fact finders he has a job and intends to pay back customers with unfinished projects.

But because he started work it becomes a civil matter and not criminal so law enforcement can't pursue charges.

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