Lawsuit filed against LOCAL MAN for taking advantage of others
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#1 Jun 25, 2012
HHHMMMMMMM! STORM CHASERS WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS WHO ARE ALREADY UNDER STRESS MAKE ME SICK! THIS IS SO BAD!
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today put Illinois storm chasers on notice, filing three lawsuits against home repair con artists who exploit natural disasters for personal profit. The Attorney General’s complaints allege that the defendants collectively defrauded Illinois consumers of more than $243,000 in down payments by performing substandard work or failing to complete renovations.
“In the days and weeks after severe storms, these con artists flood into our local communities and take advantage of stressed consumers, often pressuring them to make snap decisions about repairing the damage,” Madigan said.“We’re taking action today to send the message that these practices are not welcome in Illinois. I urge homeowners who are confronting significant damage to their homes after a storm to be wary of door-to-door solicitations and instead use established, well-recommended contractors to perform the renovation.”
Madigan filed two lawsuits in Cook County against the following defendants:
Fidelity Reconstruction, LLC, based in Schaumburg, Ill., and Shel St. Clare, Richard Rinaolo and Robert Picchietti;
WeatherStorm, Inc., a dissolved Indianapolis firm with offices in Illinois, and Kerry Holland, Tim Bednarek, Robert Kennedy and Thomas Schwartz;
Madigan also filed a lawsuit in Williamson County against Bertram Leo Snyder, a Kentucky resident who operates Quality Roofing and Siding and A-1 Construction in Carterville, Ill. Snyder allegedly coerced consumers to pay upfront without providing any cost estimates for the projected work.
The complaints allege that the defendants visit communities affected by severe storms, going door to door to solicit consumers for home repair and remodeling services. The defendants allegedly promise homeowners that they will meet with insurance adjusters to ensure storm damage will be covered by an insurance claim and obtain an insurance check from the homeowner. The defendants then allegedly promise to start work once they receive the insurance check. Madigan’s lawsuits allege that the defendants violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Home Repair and Remodeling Act by accepting the insurance payments from consumers but then performing substandard or incomplete work or, in some cases, failing to perform any work at all. Collectively, the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau has received at least 41 complaints against these defendants.
#2 Jun 25, 2012
Always make sure your contractors are bonded and licensed. Florida had this problems years ago.
#3 Jun 25, 2012
The terrible thing is that this guy and his wife have been running a business (and have attempted at a few more) right here in Warren County for year. Have they also taken advantage of the locals for years? Now I know why it is that they seem to prosper and have plenty of money to spend. Quite frankly, I have never trusted this guy. I've seen him be unreasonable hateful to more than one person. One in particular when he was trying to return some merchandise to Lowe's and didn't think he was getting proper service. Believe me, he was getting much better service than I have witnessed patrons getting service at a couple of his places. Guess doing honest business just didn't pay off for him. Go eat some bar-b-que Burt!
Since: Aug 12
#4 Aug 15, 2012
Who is Richard Rinaolo
How does he get away with it? Ever heard of Richard Rinaolo? He is a seemingly upright citizen that lives in Lake Forest, IL; a beautiful, exceedingly wealthy hamlet 45 minutes north of downtown Chicago. He has a wife and children, and attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church regularly every Sunday morning. All seems well until you begin to dig. There you find innumerable women, crime, debauchery, and a subversive culture.
Richard Rinaolo is charming, one of those men who can make almost anyone like him. He is deadly with this skill, navigating a host of women through his life so expertly that he maintains the aura of an almost-saint. Fifty years ago this wouldn’t have been so notable, but with the change in cultural acceptance of extramarital pandering few men lead such a successful secret life. Over the years there have been a few narrow escapes with threats of sexual misconduct but nothing that Rinaolo couldn’t overcome with his formidable charm. Rinaolo was recently involved in a love affair that lasted four years. The woman was his business partner and there is some suspicion that she may have also been his partners in crime. Her background is clear until she met him so she may simply have been one of his victims. Either way, he managed to live with her for years as they traveled across the U.S., starting one business after the other and leaving behind a trail of customers that got,“ripped off.”
Where was his wife? Is she involved in his crimes as well? Her name is Beth Larson Rinaolo; they met at the University of Chicago and she looks like the ordinary desperate housewife trying to keep it together for hubby while he cavorts and defrauds to keep her in the ivory tower. But, could she actually be involved? She has lied pretty effectively for him to the authorities on several occasions. It is impossible not to questions the motivations of a woman who protects a man who is a fugitive from the law.
Richard Rinaolo has owned several companies in the past 5 years that have all been shut down amidst accusations of fraud. He has managed to escape continually by throwing the light on others and straightening his halo. At Fidelity Reconstruction he met Saint Claire, his most recent woman, and hired her to develop a business idea for him. A former employee tells us that, at one point in the fledgling company, she approached Saint Claire and informed her that Rinaolo was taking 10K weekly from the account, that it was endangering the business. Saint Claire seemed angry and concerned, she promised to set things straight. According to the same former employee, this began Rinaolo’s powerful seduction campaign of Saint Claire, nothing was ever done about the money, and the company crashed leaving angry customers and owing over $100,000.00
Since this Richard Rinaolo has been arrested for fraud, theft, identity theft, burglary, and most recently theft of service. But he seems to get away with it all. He has filed for bankruptcy twice. He lives in a house he manages to keep in foreclosure but never has been taken away from him. He is currently running a business from his home that offers the same service that he did at Fidelity Reconstruction but it does not seem to be licensed or registered anywhere. When are they going to catch this guy?
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#6 Jan 25, 2013
Richard and Shel are currently residing in cook county jail since 10/5/12....no bail for Shel, 100,000 for richard find there mugshots on the cook county jail website
#7 Jan 26, 2013
HIRE LOCAL.....CALL THE CONTRACTORS BOARD TO VERIFY!
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