Bankruptcy Denied to Local Contractor

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

He's accused of bilking several area residents out of thousands of dollars; collecting money for construction jobs but not doing them.

So when David Keeler Hall filed for bankruptcy, many of his former customers decided to try to stop him. And during his bankruptcy hearing today, they succeeded.

It was exactly what they wanted to hear, Judge Manuel Barbosa denies bankruptcy for David K. Hall and bars him from re-filing for the next two years.

"I am very pleased," says Diane Smith.

"I feel a little better, but I'll feel even better when I get my bathroom done," adds Dinah Bruckner.

Hall didn't show for court Tuesday, but it didn't stop his former customers from taking the stand; telling a judge why bankruptcy for the home-repair contractor should be denied. Take Diane Smith's story for example. She paid hall 5-thousand dollars to build a roof over her deck, but the work was never done.

All told Hall has more than 150 creditors and owes more than 200-thousand dollars. This proceeding marks the 8th time since 1992 Hall has tried to file for bankruptcy.

"I think that Mr. Hall's been abusing the bankruptcy system for too long and I'm glad to see he will be barred for another two years from filing," says Trustee’s Attorney Kathy McCallister.

Hall's attorney had no comment on the ruling.

Hall now faces criminal charges for home repair fraud; that case will take place here at the Winnebago County Courthouse towards the end of January.

The criminal charges were filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan after her office received several complaints about Hall's business practices.

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