A New Jersey contractor has been sued for having allegedly "ripped off" 17 customers across the state, according to the state Attorney General and the Division of Consumer Affairs. One customer says that the company, Niemann General Contractor Builder and Restore the Shore Contracting, started a $25,000 deck project and then disappeared without the project being completed. This behavior wasn’t uncommon. Eric Neimann would often begin patio and deck projects and ultimately vanish for months at a time, leaving customers in a lurch.
Middletown Patch reports that sometimes Neimann would demand clients pay him more money to finish the jobs or threaten them with filing a construction lien against their home. Ultimately, when customers refused, debt collectors would start calling their homes asking for money. Neimann was working without a contractor’s license according to the actting Attorney General Robert Lougy.
In a statement Lougy said,
"Contractors who accept money for those jobs are expected to finish the work on time, within budget and to the specifications found in the contract. We will not tolerate unscrupulous contractors who flout our laws by pocketing consumers' hard-earned money and leaving them with little to show for it but a mess."