On Tuesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit against a St. Clairsville home improvement business accused of failing to provide promised services and performing bad work.
The lawsuit names Scarlet & Grey Contracting Ltd., Scarlet & Gray Builders Ltd., and the businesses’ owner, Kelson Hess, of Beallsville with the violations of Ohio’s consumer laws.
Attorney General DeWine seeks to end the violations, get customers refunds and civil penalties against the contractor.
“Consumers paid thousands of dollars for work that was not completed as promised. By law, businesses are required to fulfill their obligations to consumers, and when they don’t, we will hold them accountable,” Attorney General DeWine said.
The business operating under the name Scarlet & Grey Contracting filed for bankruptcy in June 2014, and Scarlet & Gray Builders is currently operating from the address of the old business in St. Clairsville.
The business provides home repair services, such as roofing repairs.
On Tuesday, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said they are aware of at least 10 possible victims. In general, complaints said the business failed to deliver or performed shoddy work. In some of the cases, consumers allegedly paid half of the contract price up front, and before the work was complete, the business tried to collect the remaining balance.
As a reminder, Attorney General DeWine encourages consumers to do careful research on businesses before making any payments or entering into a contract.