The WBTV Investigates team found several other customers who also had issues with the contractor and all of them claim they found him from online websites connecting consumers with contractors, raising questions about how the websites operate.
A recently released search warrant executed by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that Restoration Contractors of America and United Atlantic Public Adjusters are under investigation for the way they’ve handled asbestos claims and testing.
State records show that the owner of RCA, Brent Emerson, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 2009 after being convicted of selling fraudulent pharmaceutical websites to people in Arizona. He was ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution.
Homeowners allege a contractor and public adjuster took their money, forged their names on checks and never repaired their roofs. Now the North Carolina Department of Insurance is investigating the two companies.
WBTV has heard from numerous homeowners and subcontractors who have been in this position. Homeowners, having already paid the general contractor in full, are surprised to find a subcontractor knocking on their door demanding payment.
A WBTV investigation found two separate people provided false information on their application forms regarding bankruptcies and a criminal conviction but were still granted a general contractors license anyway.
The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors would not answer specific questions about how a swimming pool contractor, who lied about lawsuits and bankruptcies he was facing, ended up getting a license anyway.
A WBTV Investigation into how a pool contractor swindled dozens of customers out of thousands of dollars has raised new questions about the process contractors go through in North Carolina to obtain a license.
An On Your Side investigation found Pantis may have violated state law by signing a contract for a remodeling job worth $30,000 without having a contractor's license. North Carolina law requires contractors to have a license to perform any job worth $30,000.