Door remains open on possible handyman refunds

When I called Judy Colley of Longwood last week to tell her that handyman Jim Metts had promised to return $2,000 she gave him for windows he never installed, her reaction was understandable. Full Story
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Sunrise Militia

United States

#46 Feb 18, 2008
Madden wrote:
<quoted text>My court time is 10:30 on Tuesday the 19th in Sanford. If you can please give me the case number of yours and maybe we can connect the two. We need everyone who has been his victim to respond in a class action suit not just one person here and another there. It isn't getting anywhere. He once told me that nobody can touch him. Let's prove him wrong.
I touched him a few times this morning if it makes you feel any better. I also just got off the phone with Judge Bravo's assistant. I'm trying to get him to check out the video report by Todd Ulrich before your case tomorrow. He didn't show up last Tuesday in Judge Woodwards court to face the McKeens so he has another judgment by default. If you go search the civil docket at the Seminole Co. Clerk of court website, you can see the case #'s from last year and this year. You can also check surrounding counties the same way. There's not a lot of time when your case comes up, so be ready with the facts that show his pattern to defraud as well as a blatant disregard for the courts time.
Taken too

Kissimmee, FL

#47 Feb 21, 2008
Sunrise Militia wrote:
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I touched him a few times this morning if it makes you feel any better. I also just got off the phone with Judge Bravo's assistant. I'm trying to get him to check out the video report by Todd Ulrich before your case tomorrow. He didn't show up last Tuesday in Judge Woodwards court to face the McKeens so he has another judgment by default. If you go search the civil docket at the Seminole Co. Clerk of court website, you can see the case #'s from last year and this year. You can also check surrounding counties the same way. There's not a lot of time when your case comes up, so be ready with the facts that show his pattern to defraud as well as a blatant disregard for the courts time.
Keep us posted! I am one of the lucky ones that got my $ back, but I will help any way I can!
almost taken too

AOL

#49 Mar 1, 2008
We also were conned but managed to stop payment on check in time and closed the account. We approached at Altamonte Springs Home Depot.
Madden

Orlando, FL

#50 Mar 18, 2008
almost taken too wrote:
We also were conned but managed to stop payment on check in time and closed the account. We approached at Altamonte Springs Home Depot.
Can you please let me know the dollar amount Jim was asking you to write the check for? Thanks
Orlando

Titusville, FL

#51 Apr 7, 2008
Update. Mr Con Man was arrested 3/29/08 for Grand Theft (Felony) and operating with out a business license (Misdemeanor). Bad news is he bonded out and could be back on the prowl. I think everyone needs to show up in court for his Arraignment. 4/16 at 8:30 Room 10-A.
Sunrise Militia

Apopka, FL

#52 Apr 8, 2008
In addition to being there, anyone who never called and made a police report needs to do that ASAP. Orange Co. issued the warrant and Seminole Co. picked him up. Room 10-A Orange County, right? If everyone came forward with their story, even if you already have a judgment, by the time he is arraigned, he should have multiple counts of theft.
Troll Vicitm

United States

#53 Apr 13, 2008
Told Ya!!!!!!!!!! Arrested At last!
Carol

Summerfield, FL

#54 May 7, 2008
madden wrote:
<quoted text>Everything may seem quiet but it isn't. I'm the newest victim of Jim Metts. He stole 2,500 from me in June of 2007 and has promised to pay me back every week since. He comes up with a new lie each week why he can't make a payment to me. I lost my husband three years ago, live on a very fixed income. He's one of the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with in my lifetime. I would like very much to pursue a class action suit against this person. Anyone interested please reply back.
I would definitly be interested in filing a class action suit against him. I must be his newest victim of May 1, 2008.
Carol

Summerfield, FL

#55 May 7, 2008
I must be the newest victim of Jim Metts of May 1, 2008. He is such a con man. I would definitely be interested in participating in a class action suit against him. I am planning to start filing reports tomorrow, May 8. If anyone knows of some shortcuts to use for the most effective results, please post it here.
Madden

Orlando, FL

#56 May 26, 2008
Carol wrote:
I must be the newest victim of Jim Metts of May 1, 2008. He is such a con man. I would definitely be interested in participating in a class action suit against him. I am planning to start filing reports tomorrow, May 8. If anyone knows of some shortcuts to use for the most effective results, please post it here.
I will let you know what I can. As of this writing I have been trying to contact anyone that will listen to me about Jim Metts. The local sheriffs department has a case file on him. I also have spoke with Beth Rutberg who is a prosecutor with the State Attorneys office . She phoned me to inform me and any one else who has been taken by this man to file a report with the sheriffs department in Seminole county. Officer Bender would be the person you need to speak to. If you take him to small claims court nothing will happen. Belive me. I wasted $150.00 a day off work and he didn't show up. I was also not notified he hadn't been served by the sheriffs department until two days after my court date. You can research on the intenet all the cases involving Mr. Metts. Its free and public information thru seminole co. court records. keep us posted
LM orlando

Winter Park, FL

#57 Jun 4, 2008
To Carol Orlando FL
Please call Channel 9 WFTV and speak with Todd Ulrich. He will address your complaint and work with you to expose this creep. He has helped us and even though we have not got our money back we are in the process of prosecution in Orange County. I am 100% sure you will not be ignored when you call Todd Ulrich. He addresses these matters on the news and will help put you in contact with persons able to assist you.

Contact Orange County Consumer Fraud Unit
415 N Orange Ave
You will need file a complaint form that you can get from this office or on line. Officer Carlos Moralas is aware and informed on Jim Metts scams.

I would love to get my $2000.00 back but at this point it would be just as satisifing to see him behind bars and I am not going to stop until I get one or the other. GOOD LUCK!!!!
LM orlando

Winter Park, FL

#58 Jun 5, 2008
FYI to victims of Jim Metts. Today we received a call from the Orange County Sheriff's office to let us know they had at last collected our money from Metts. Without the help from Todd Ulrich at WFTV Channel 9 news consumer reporter/Anchor, we would never have been able to collect this money. I would also like to give credit to Officer Carlos Morales of the Consumer Fraud Unit Orange County Sheriff's Office for his aid and assistance in this matter.
Anyone having a legal claim such as this needs to follow thru with proper filings in order to either recoup your money or persue prosicution. Going to small claims court will get you nowhere with this crook. He has to know he is going to pay or face jail time.
LM orlando

Winter Park, FL

#59 Jun 7, 2008
Carol wrote:
I must be the newest victim of Jim Metts of May 1, 2008. He is such a con man. I would definitely be interested in participating in a class action suit against him. I am planning to start filing reports tomorrow, May 8. If anyone knows of some shortcuts to use for the most effective results, please post it here.
We received our money today all $2000.00 in the form of money orders sent to us by the Orange County Sheriff's office. It took about two months from the time we filed charges against Metts. I don't know if Metts started any work for you or not if he did the recourse may be quite different. If he took your money and ran, which is what he did to us then you do have the law on your side. Contact the sheriff's office Consumer Fraud Unit in the county you live in and file charges by completing the proper complaint forms along with all documents of the contract including copy of cancelled check and you will have a case that can be won. I went to the Attorney General's office, the State Attorney's office and any place else I could go to get to the office that would help us. Todd Ulrich helped and advised us every step of the way and now it is over and we do have our money back. It won't do any good to go to small claims court as he won't show up. If you get a lawyer more than likely all you will end up with is an attorney bill. He can be stopped if we all follow through or he will have to move away from this area.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
Madden

Winter Garden, FL

#60 Apr 29, 2009
I'm so pleased to hear Jim Metts was arrested again. This time in Seminole Co. Detective Jason Bender has been working on this case since last year and finally things are looking up for the people Jim Metts has scammed. Greg Dawson ran a report on April 21, 2009. Almost a year after his arrest in Orange Co. Seminole Co. has began to take action against this thief.

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