The Attorney General’s Office charged two men with home repair fraud in separate incidents.
A Texas man faces allegations of home repair fraud for allegedly scamming more than $24,000 from four metro homeowners, including an Edmond work site, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.
Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with four felony counts of home repair fraud after an investigation by Edmondson’s Consumer Protection Unit. Madewell operated in Oklahoma as Oklahoma Building and Remodeling.
The state alleges Madewell accepted a total of more than $24,000 from four separate homeowners for home repair and roofing work but never started the projects. Project sites were in Midwest City, Edmond and two in Oklahoma City.
In a separate incident, an Oklahoma City home repairman is accused of home repair fraud after an investigation by then Consumer Protection Unit.
Alfred W. Soulek was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with four counts of violating the Consumer Protection Act for allegedly failing to honor home renovation and addition contracts with four metro homeowners. Soulek operates AAA Renovations.
“Soulek was charged with one count of home repair fraud last month by the Logan County district attorney,” Edmondson said in a news release issued Wednesday. “That case is separate from the charges we filed today in Oklahoma County District Court. Because Soulek has allegedly continued his fraudulent business practices, we are asking the court to remove his deferral and sentence Soulek on the 2008 plea.”
According to the state’s complaint, the four homeowners have paid Soulek thousands of dollars in construction costs and fees, but he has failed to complete any of the projects. Additionally, the state alleges, some of the work Soulek has performed has been of shoddy quality.
“In one case, an addition Soulek added to an Oklahoma City home is allegedly of such poor quality that flooding has occurred,” Edmondson said. “At an Edmond job site, the concrete slab Soulek poured failed to pass city inspection. At a different Oklahoma City house, we allege Soulek has taken $2,000 for a project that was to be completed by Christmas, but he has yet to begin the work.”
The state also alleges Soulek has failed to pay subcontractors. This is not the first time prosecutors have received complaints about Soulek’s work.
Soulek entered a blind plea of guilty in January 2008 after an investigation by Edmondson’s office resulted in six counts of home repair fraud. The court imposed a five-year deferred sentence and ordered Soulek to pay almost $45,000 in restitution.
Edmondson’s Consumer Protection Unit has statewide jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.
Anyone with information regarding suspected fraud or scams can contact the attorney general’s consumer protection hotline at 521-2029.