Having cheated homeowners for thousands of dollars, Colorado contractor John Bradley Ivers was arrested in Springfield, Ill., and will soon be facing 18 felony charges in his home state of Colorado.

The arrest came as 27 homeowners between June 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, allege that Ivers took more than $162,000 for various home improvement projects that he never did or failed to complete. After having done research that led her to believe Ivers was legitimate, single-mother Dawn Fleitz signed him for a project in July 2015. The work was scheduled to begin in late September and finish in October. However, weeks into the project, Ivers stopped work on the project, disappeared, and left Fleitz with a torn-up basement and out $9,500. She reached out to her attorney, who began an investigation.

However, telling CBS Denver, Fleitz says she doesn’t want Ivers behind bars:

“None of these people will get their money back if he’s sitting in jail and my tax dollars are paying for that.”

This is further advice to homeowners to find trusted contractors on the Better Business Bureau and through contractors that remodeling companies work with.

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