An Ohio-based roofing company has been charged by the Dane County District Attorney's Office with multiple violations of Wisconsin's consumer laws.
Following a series of storms in the summer of 2011, Alliance Construction & Roofing expanded into Wisconsin from Ohio and landed a number of roofing contracts in the Verona area.
The company completed some of the jobs between August and November of 2011, but failed to complete 12 additional jobs totaling $60,943.35 for the homeowners, according to the investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Verona Police Department.
Alliance assured waiting customers that their roofs would be finished in the spring of 2012, but the work was never completed, according to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.
"Look for a local company first, because you don't know whether if there's a problem, if this company is going to be around for you to take legal action against, or to try to get your money back," said Sandy Chalmers, of DATCP.
Prosecutors said Alliance also failed to pay its suppliers for the materials used in the projects, causing liens to be placed on some consumers' homes. Although Alliance eventually paid the supplier and the liens were removed, the prosecutor still charged the misappropriation of funds in the lawsuit.
On Feb. 1, the Dane County district attorney charged Alliance's owner, general manager and a Wisconsin sales representative with the following violations:
- Morris Jones, owner of the company, has been charged with 13 counts of theft by contractor, 11 counts of failure to list the start and completion dates on contracts and two counts of failure to furnish lien waivers to homeowners.
- Stewart Werfel, general manager, has been charged with one count of theft by contractor and one count of failure to list the start and completion dates on contracts
- Aaron Storts, Wisconsin sales representative, has been charged with 10 counts of theft by contractor, nine counts of failure to list the start and completion dates on contracts and one count of failure to furnish lien waivers to homeowners.
Court proceedings began Feb. 18.