Boss Construction Lawsuit Filed

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Dave OXX

Chicago, IL

#1 Apr 22, 2009
know some of you on here had issues with them. Hope this helps!
Madigan lawsuits target Frankfort, New Lenox contractors
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April 17, 2009
by mike nolan, staff writer
Months after handing $24,500 to Boss Construction to install new windows in their Frankfort home, no work had been done and owner Steven Smith wouldn't refund their money.
"Get in line," he told the couple, indicating Smith owed lots of people money, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.
On Thursday, Madigan sued New Lenox-based Boss and several other Chicago-area home improvement firms, including 123 General Construction in Frankfort, alleging they defrauded consumers. In some instances, customers forked over thousands of dollars, but no work was done, or contractors did a slipshod job, according to Madigan's office.
Bradley said he and his wife obtained a home equity line of credit to pay the deposit to Boss last June, but the company used a variety of excuses - including claiming Frankfort was dragging its feet issuing a permit - for not starting work. An investigation by Frankfort police showed Boss never applied for a building permit, and the company's business license had expired.
Therese Berglund said she and her husband paid about $30,000 to 123 General Construction to renovate their 120-year-old home in Lockport. The company didn't finish and abandoned the job about three months after starting work in September 2006, she said.
What work was done didn't pass inspection, and the couple wound up having to hire a second builder, paying another $30,000, to redo the work, Berglund said.
"We had to pay twice to get the job done," she said.
Phone numbers listed for Boss and 123 General were not in service.
Madigan also filed a suit against John M. Burow, doing business as John's Home Repair in Willow Springs.
In addition to fines, Madigan is seeking to have Smith, Boss' owner, and 123 General's principals, Shane Rasmussen and Paul Haley, barred from having any involvement in home repair or remodeling in the state.
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