A Maryland contractor has been accused of swindling more than $600,000 from homeowners for promised home improvement work that was abandoned. Maryland’s Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) has suspended contractor licenses from Prompt Restoration indefinitely.
Local NBC station NBC 4 learned about the fraudulent contractor after several complaints from homeowners about faulty and incomplete work on their houses back in May 2016. News4 Investigation team later discovered more homeowners had felt cheated by the same contractors.
For example, Debra Battista hired Prompt Restoration to renovate her house after a fire tore through the first and second floors of her home and paid Prompt Restoration $63,000 to renovate her home. The work was never completed. Battista then filed a complaint only to find out from the MHIC that her case was among several under investigation.
Prompt Restoration filed in February for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws.
As News 4 reports:
Like other homeowners who spoke to the I-Team, Battista said she must go to court to get back just a fraction of what she says she lost. She hired attorney Rene Sandler, who said she's seen plenty of other companies failing to keep their end of a bargain, but she still calls Battista's case unusual.