Contractor defrauds Miami contractor of over $30K for roof replacement to South Beach condo – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
(WSVN) – We’ve all heard the stories of a homeowner being ripped off by a seedy builder, but here’s a twist: A Miami general contractor said she fell victim to another builder and got an apartment in South Beach firmly in the middle. Kevin Ozebek determined by the night team.
Marcela Sanchez believed that replacing the roof of the Roosevelt Condo building in South Beach would take her career to a new level.
Marcela Sanchez, Subcontractor: “When I first saw this building, I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is a great job to do. ‘“
Until this job, Marcela’s company focused on small construction projects. To get the new roof ready on time, she commissioned Ascend Construction LLC with Bonita Springs.
Marcela Sanchez: “I see that you have a license and I see the office. Everything was clear. “
Ascend Construction submitted a bid for $ 76,590 to Marcela. She wrote the company a check for 10%, which is standard.
When the permits were approved, Marcela wrote another check – this time for $ 30,636.
Marcela Sanchez: “I pay you the 40% to buy materials and start the project, and if I pay you the 40%, it disappears.”
He is Larry Arrasmith, the owner of Ascend Construction.
7 Investigators searched the state records and found that he had liquidated the company on January 30, 2019. That was four months before Marcela wrote the second check for $ 30,000.
She did this check at Ascend Construction LLC, but her bank records show it was changed to Ascend Construction Group.
Kevin Ozebek: “Are you afraid that you will never see that $ 30,000 again?”
Marcela Sanchez: “Yes.”
Marcela still hasn’t been able to replace the roof of the Roosevelt Condos, and 7 Investigates has determined that there are others across Florida who say they feel burned by the company too.
Jo Henrion has a roof problem: “We had a very long, heavy rain, and I heard drops, drops, drops.”
Jo Henrion hired Ascend Construction LLC to repair the roof of their Fort Myers home. She said owner Larry Arrasmith ignored her calls after the roof failed the district inspection.
Kevin Ozebek: “When you hear the name Ascend Construction now, what do you think of?”
Jo Henrion: “Buyers watch out. Run! “
We went to Arrasmith’s house in Manatee County.
We didn’t find him, but we did find several lawsuits against him, including one in which an asphalt company received $ 2,266 for not paying a bill for concrete.
Marcela Sanchez: “I’m very frustrated.”
Marcela filed a complaint with the state in hopes that she can get her money back through the Florida Construction Recovery Fund, which pays people who lose money to licensed contractors.
Then she can finish the roofing job.
There is also an Ascend Construction LLC based in Palmetto Bay. This company has no connection to the dissolved Larry Arrasmith.
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