Davenport Family Files Complaint Against Contractor

Friday, November 7th 2014, 7:47 pm
By: News 9

The Attorney General's Office is looking into complaints of a questionable contractor. A couple said they paid $115,000, but their house isn't complete and the man has since changed jobs.

Betty and Johnny Roberts' home is unlivable. Inside it's just the bare minimum; unfinished walls, windows, a roof and a door they had to install.

These grandparents said they want to know where the thousands of dollars given to the contractor went.

The recommendation to use Wheeler came from the bank where the Roberts took out their loan.

“Whenever Johnny talked to me about hiring him [Taylor Wheeler] he said ‘You won't believe it! It's the president's son!' I thought well you know how safe is that? That's pretty safe,” said Betty Roberts.

So a contract was signed and money was exchanged.

But Betty became suspicious when construction on her home wasn't moving.

“Just things you know were going real slow. He seemed to have problems getting material or couldn't find. You know it just wasn't going anywhere,” she said.

Betty said once Wheeler asked her for the final payment before the job was complete, that's when she did some digging of her own.

She claimed Wheeler's father paid thousands of dollars out of his personal account to pay vendors.

We questioned Wheeler over the phone, but he only gave us a statement, “I'm cooperating with the State's Attorney on this issue. And also, the amount of money that was given to me for their project was put back into her home.”

“You know you want your home to be where you can spend time with your family and have a place to come home to. And I think for $115,000 we should have something that's at least livable,” said Roberts.

Wheelers's father offered to pay the family $16,000 to relieve him and his son of all contractual responsibilities, but the Roberts' said no.

Another contractor estimated to complete the home and fix the repair from weather damage is going to cost around $100,000.