Unfinished Business

He's filed for bankruptcy several times and according to dozens of customers he's known to skip out on paid contracting projects. 23 news reporter Tina Stein tells us why one stateline contractor continues to raise concerns.

The walls in Ruth Snyder's family room are now repaired but the feeling of being ripped off remains. Snyder says she paid contractor David Hall $550 to remove the top portion of this wall.

Tina requested an on camera interview from Hall but he refused. In regards to Snyder's situation Hall says he gave her a refund over paypal. Snyder says that refund was just a dollar. Since then Snyder says she's spent $2,000 for the court to serve Hall with a lawsuit however Snyder says he never answered the door.

The Better Business Bureau reports 17 other families are in the same situation. All have partially completed projects and a hole in their check books. Although the evidence of fraud is there, BBB director Dennis Horton says catching him isn't all that easy.

The BBB says Hall has worked under various company names but most of the complaints come from Cabinet Pullouts Company. While changing business names is completely legal Hall admits to only owning four of them.

Hall is expected in criminal court on Friday for two counts of home repair fraud from the State's Attorney's Office. If he's convicted, Hall could get up to seven years in prison and pay $25,000 per charge. Plus the Attorney General's Office told Tina they're going after him for violating the home repair and remodeling act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The Better Business Bureau says they've had a hard time getting a hold of David Hall for at least three years. He's never responded to their mailed complaints or phone calls but after informing Hall of our story he has since called BBB Director Dennis Horton to set up a meeting for tomorrow morning about these complaints.


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