KANSAS CITY, MO. – A home builder first reported on by the 41 Action News Investigative Team in 2018 is facing a new lawsuit by the state of Missouri.
In the lawsuit brought by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Corey Wilcox is accused of taking money on various home repair projects, failing to get the job done, and failing to give customers a full refund.
The four-point complaint filed in Jackson County Court on Monday said Jenni Fox hired Wilcox to install replacement windows for her home on March 23, 2017 for a total of $ 17,500.
Fox paid a deposit equal to half the total cost of $ 8,750.
Almost half a year later, on September 8, 2017, Fox requested a refund.
According to court records, on February 11, 2018, Fox received half of its $ 4,375 refund, but never received the rest.
The complaint also states that William Trankina hired Wilcox to install a new roof in addition to new siding, siding, and soffit after Trankina’s house suffered fire damage.
According to court records, Trankina paid Wilcox $ 8,345 on June 20, 2017, but the work was never carried out and no refund was ever given.
“When the time comes and all attempts to amicably resolve these problems do not work, we are ready, ready and able to take legal action, exactly what we did here,” said Schmitt. “This is a pretty egregious example of contractor fraud, which is why we brought the lawsuit with us.”
Tiffany Fulton hired Wilcox to install new siding, gutters, and fifteen windows for their home on August 29, 2017.
Fulton decided to fund the total cost of the project for $ 43,600.
Fulton and Wilcox have entered into an agreement to use a specific financier. However, according to court records, Wilcox billed the project costs to a different lender who charged Fulton a higher interest rate.
Wilcox promised to cover the additional interest payments of $ 3,391 to Fulton, but the complaint claims it never did.
According to the lawsuit, Thomas and Sheree Southeran hired Wilcox to install new siding, siding and two windows on January 7, 2018.
The total cost of the project was put at $ 22,654.
The Southerners paid $ 11,327 as a deposit.
When the work never began, the southerners drove to Wilcox’s shop and found it closed.
So far, the lawsuit states that the deposit was non-refundable.
“Unfortunately, contractor scams are far more common than we’d like. We’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars paid to this contractor and they just didn’t return the money and didn’t do the job,” Schmitt said.
When 41 Action News 2018 received complaints about Wilcox and its business, the I-Team went looking for him.
Wilcox closed an Olathe store on 135th Street.
The I-Team caught up with his wife Katie in another store.
“I’m not discussing any information, please excuse yourself,” said Katie Wilcox in February 2018.
When the I-Team asked Katie Wilcox if she and her husband were still in the business, she said, “I’m not answering any more questions.”
About six months after that confrontation, and after an investigation into other consumer complaints, Wilcox was charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with multiple criminal thefts and bad check writing.
He pleaded guilty to theft and bad checks and paid a refund.
Johnson County Court records also show Wilcox in Kansas has had tax problems in the past.
In 2016, he was issued a tax order for $ 105,175.17.
According to court records, Wilcox paid off this tax liability in June 2017.
Two other lawsuits against Wilcox were dropped because the paperwork was never served.
The Kansas Treasury Department again sued Amazing Siding for overdue taxes of $ 117.09. However, the case was dismissed in December 2019.
Renovation Painting LLC also sued Amazing Siding.
But here, too, the case was ended because Wilcox was never served with the litigation documents.
According to the new lawsuit, Missouri’s attorney general had to go to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to pursue Missouri’s attorney general to serve the papers against him.
“You can run, but you can’t hide when you cheat Missourians about our office,” Schmitt said.
In addition to returning the money to the Amazing Siding customers listed in the lawsuit, Schmitt is calling on the court to issue an injunction to prevent Wilcox or anyone acting on his behalf from ever owning or running a Missouri business again operates.
“We want to make sure that the practices used by this contractor come to an end,” said Schmitt.
However, under Missouri law, anyone can open business in the state with a registered agent, usually an attorney, to file the filing.
Because of this, the actual owner or names of the owners do not need to appear on government records to obtain a business license.
Schmitt said it was up to Missouri residents to keep his office informed of any issues.
“We want to make it clear that our office stands shoulder to shoulder with Missouri scammers who have been scammed,” he said.
Schmitt encouraged consumers who believe Wilcox cheated on them to call his office’s consumer protection line at (800) 392-8222.
Consumers can also file a complaint online.
The I-Team contacted Wilcox via SMS.
He did not answer.
The I-Team also contacted Wilcox’s attorney, Courtney Henderson, who represented Wilcox on theft and bad check cases in Johnson County.
Henderson said he hadn’t spoken to Wilcox in years and declined to comment.