Every one of us has been exposed to lies at some point in our lives and it is easier to accept if it’s just a little white one. But it is an entirely different weight when it comes to investments. Criminals nowadays are being more creative with their desire to swindle money from other people; they have trickier modus operandi. Some of them even take advantage of calamities and worse, pretend to extend some help. If you watch the news, then you know that this is happening more frequently these days. As a matter of fact, the authorities caught another sham posing as a contractor as reported by woodtv.com:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The so-called “no-show contractor” — the subject of a Target 8 investigation for allegedly swindling thousands of dollars from homeowners — is now facing fraud charges.
Jeffrey Scott TenElshof II, of Jenison, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony larceny by conversion between $1,000 and $20,000.
He is accused of taking $2,000 up front from a homeowner in April, then $3,500 from another homeowner the next day — and failing to return to do the promised home repairs, according to affidavits filed in 63rd District Court.
He also failed to return the money, sheriff’s detectives alleged.
Not all of these criminals get apprehended all the time; some are cunning enough to get away along with the hard earned money of their unsuspecting victims. Severe weather conditions that hit even in summer like the ones that plagued Michigan recently, attract these fraudulent activities. Contacting a trusted company like VanderLaan Home Improvement for your roof, siding or window replacement in Grand Rapids is a sure way to not getting cheated.
As a family-owned business we treat your home like our own and as locals, we understand your dilemmas that is why we are one of the most trusted contractors in the area for over 70 years. Hiring us is an assurance that you will have industry professionals that know exactly what to do. Whether it’s flashing repairs, entire roof replacement or window replacement in Grand Rapids MI that you’re in need of, we use the highest quality materials and install them with expert level skills unlike frauds who only give you shoddy results or no service at all. So always be vigilant and don’t forget to call us for your home improvement needs.
(Article Excerpt from No-show contractor charged with fraud, Woodtv 8, June 13, 2014)