Get Gephardt
KUTV.com | Stories - Prepaid Contractor Walks Off Job
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:14 AM MDT
Prepaid Contractor Walks Off Job
Reported by Matt Gephardt
Produced by Cindy St. Clair

(KUTV)Melanie Hess' yard is a mess. It is a $2,300 maze of open trenches.

In October, Melanie hired All Things Landscaping to install sprinklers. Owner Malcolm Smith said it would be a quick job.

He said it would take 2 to 3 days to do the job," Melanie said.

But
after more than three months, the job is still not completed. Melanie
says she has begged Smith to return and finish the job but he responds
angrily.

"He got mad and said, following up with me constantly isn't going to get your job done any faster," Melanie said Smith told her.

After three months, Melanie decided to Get Gephardt.

Get Gephardt began investigating first by contacting Smith. Despite numerous efforts, we were unsuccessful in reaching him.

Digging
deeper, Get Gephardt took the case to the Utah Department of Commerce.
Turns out, state officials dont know anything about Smith or his
company. According to state records, Malcolm Smith is not a registered
contractor in the state of Utah and All Things Landscaping is not
registered to do business in Utah. Any work done by the company was done
in violation of state law.

Commerce spokesperson Jennifer Bolton
says Melanie should file a complaint with the Utah Division of
Occupational and Professional Licensing and they will investigate and
could take administrative action.

Those administrative actions
could vary from a fine, a suspension of license, or revocation of
license depending on DOPL's investigation findings, Bolton said. DOPL
also actively works with law enforcement partners to see if the case
merits criminal charges. DOPL would then turn over their case
information to that coordinating city or county law enforcement entity
to pursue criminal charges.
Bolton also warns that cases like Melanies are often civil, and the court system could be a victims most effective remedy.

Melanie has since filed a complaint against Smith with DOPL in the hopes of getting her money back.

If you have concerns, visit dopl.utah.gov to check the legitimacy of a business.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)Prepaid Contractor Walks Off Job

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More Gephardt Stories

Mistake at ATM Separates Woman from Mortgage Payment; Credit Unions Slow to Fix
Higher Wedding Cost, Possible Gay Marriage Economy Boost and Jim Beam Fills 13 Millionth Barrel
Fighting Facebook Fraud
Cost of Business Goes Up and Kraft Recalls Mislabeled Wieners
Good Question: Why Do Winners Of The Masters Get Green Jackets?
Michael's Security Breach Update, Coffee Production Being Threatened and General Mills' Forced Arbitration
National Mortgage Settlement Payments Delayed to Thousands
GM Dodges Recall Responsibility, Returns On Rented Property and Employee Rest Tied To Dishonesty
Fine Print Reveals a Company is Behind Tax Lien Notices
Computer Scam Alert, Congress Weighs In On E-Cigs and Beef at an All-Time High
Good question: What's the figure eight printed on globes?
Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 to Quit, Most Common I.R.S. Mistakes and Flyers in February Arrive Late
Chimney Sweep Folds with Consumer's Deposit
Heartland Virus Threat, I.R.S. Fields Your Calls and the Big Mac Budget Demonstration
XP Support Gone. What Now?
Good Question: How Were the Aquarium Fish Safely Moved?
Get Gephardt: Man Lands in Collections Despite Fully Paid Utility Bills
"Or your money back" Offer not Honored
GM Wins Crash Test Honors, FTC Cracks Down On Weight-loss Claims and CVS In Hot Water
Two Utah Men Brought Up On Tax Fraud Charges
Home Automation Failures Frustrate Customer
Yahoo Increases Email Security, SLC Marathon Set For April and Microsoft Introduces Its Siri
Wendover Casino Blocks Handicapped Stalls for Promotional Giveaway
New Scam Alert, Chrysler Recall and Amazon Joins the TV Market
Good Question: How do Taxpayers avoid being audited by the IRS?
If the IRS is Unresponsive, Try the Taxpayer Advocate
Mudslide Scammer Alert, Nissan Recall and New Trader Joe's Location in Salt Lake County
Insurance Mix Up Keeps Woman From Lifesaving Meds
E-Book Refund, College Tuition Increases and Unclaimed Tax Returns
Billing Bundle Bungled
Flood Insurance Increases, IRS Cash Crunch and Possible Apple & Comcast Partnership
Good Question: How is the Moment Spring Starts Determined?
Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments
PS4 Announces VR Headset, Google Makes Smartwatches and 2010 Tax Returns Still Available
GM Spokesperson: Loaners, Rentals Available to 1.6 Million Drivers Impacted by Recall
Google Wins Viacom Lawsuit, Walmart Wants Used Games and Microsoft's Stock Surges
Fake IRS Auditors Attempt to Rip Off Taxpayers
Retailers Asked to Stop Selling Tobacco, NYC Requires Sick Time and New Expiration Date Labels
Good Question: Are E-Cigarette Commercials Legal?
Low Utah Unemployment Rate, Graco Recall Expanded and High Tax Return Average
ACA Marketplace Confusion Leaves Adults Signed Up for Pediatric Dental Care
Target Continues Damage Control, Staples Closing Locations and Facebook Blocks Gun Advertisements
Popular Provo Road-Race Organizer Stiffs Winners
Gov. Gets Wiretap Bill from Sprint, Guns Are Selling Well and F.T.C. Cracks Down
Fur Coat Storage Company Vanishes with Several Expensive Coats
Utah Benefits From Reopening Parks, RadioShack Closing Locations, EPA Regulations and Potential ATM Hacking
Semi-Pro Football Players Question the Disappearance of League Fees
Drought Affects Grocery Prices, Free Checking Disappears and Bill Gates On Top Again
Good Question: "How Do Search Engines Determine Search Result Orders?"
Airlines Cut Bereavement Fares, Internet Usage Goes Mobile and Wells Fargo Cuts Jobs
Stolen Debit Card Used at Target.com Days after Victim Shops at Target
Delta Changes Frequent Fliers Program, Sprint in Trouble over Nude Pictures and Min Wage Battle Continues
California Scheme Leaves Utahn, National Hispanics out Hundreds
Target Breach TimeLine, Facebook Email Says Goodbye and House Prices on the Rise
Lifetime Warranty Abruptly Cancelled
Taco Bell Breakfast, Disney Resort Price Increase and New Alumni Tracking Software
Man Injured At Amusement Park Awaits Damages
Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review
Postal Service Issues, Hot Pocket Recall and Netflix vs. Verizon
Ex-Federal Worker: Someone Forged My Official Gov. Documents
Advertise with us!

 

Pay It Forward
Fresh Living
Family Matters
Road Trippin
Hooked On Utah

Advertise with us!