Contractor Facing Charges

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An Omaha siding contractor who allegedly threatened to kill a customer if he talked to Channel 6 News is facing more charges. Darrell Hamilton now faces two counts of Theft by Deception.

Hamilton is accused of taking down payments on siding and window jobs and not following through on the work.

Several of Hamilton's customers tell 6 on Your Side that it's about time the law caught up with the contractor.

Cheryl Forsman complained about the siding job on her house for months.

She found other customers of the same siding contractor and she says, "A few thousand from numerous people, that starts to add up. That should be criminal."

But Hamilton continued to get money from new customers because previous customers with complaints had been told by police and prosecutors that these were civil matters, not criminal matters.

One homeowner says not only does Hamilton owe her for a couple of windows he never delivered but the workmanship is poor and that will cost her more money to hire someone to do it right.

Sitting outside Douglas County jail where Hamilton made his first court appearance several customers said they have proof that they and others didn't get their money's worth from the siding contractor.

Homeowner Deb Bierman says, "When you can show proof like this that this is not the first time he's been doing this since 1999 that is criminal."

The customers hope the arrest of their siding contractor will send a message.

In a court appearance Thursday, Hamilton was ordered held on 10 percent of $30,000 bond for one count of Theft by Deception. Even if he raised the money he couldn't be released from jail until facing a judge on two additional charges.

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