Worst Cincinnati Contractors of 2010
Jaws Construction | Kings Mills, Ohio
Angie's List member Paul Garrett of Delhi says he gave Jaws Construction owner Paul Worsham a $6,500 deposit for exterior work on his home. "Once I wrote the check, the excuses started coming," Garrett says. When Garrett asked for a refund after delays, he says Worsham unsuccessfully tried to file a protection order against him.
In January 2010, police arrested Worsham, 50, on two felony counts of theft and other charges. Worsham — who has two F reports on Angie's List and a notice alerting members to his felony arrest — has no general contractor's license, as required by law, and Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Berghausen says he's accused of using Garrett's money to pay restitution to another victim.
That case, according to court documents, resulted in probation for Worsham and an order to pay $26,000 in restitution to a Cincinnati homeowner who accused him of doing incomplete or shoddy landscaping work. Worsham's trial on the recent charges was set for December.
If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. Worsham also faced civil charges. Steven Kindel, a former Cincinnati resident, won a $1,200 civil judgment in January 2010 against Worsham for a shoddy remodeling project. Neither Worsham nor his attorney returned messages.
All Mold Solutions | West Chester, Ohio
To determine whether mold was causing her teenage son's repeated illnesses, Bobbie Blevins says she hired Rick Dryden, owner of All Mold Solutions, to perform mold tests. The Cincinnati resident says she never received the results after paying Dryden $420.
The BBB issued a consumer alert in July, saying Dryden, 48, collects payments for mold inspection but fails to deliver services. Dryden is not registered as a contractor in Cincinnati, which is required by law. Court records show Dryden served time for passing bad checks, a felony, in 2008. A notice alerts members to the conviction.
Another alleged victim, Alex Bertram of Georgetown, says he paid Dryden $1,300 to fix a mold problem in a home he was selling. He says the buyer asked for documented evidence of mold remediation from a certified company.
"I never received the paperwork, so I contacted the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and found out Dryden wasn't certified," Bertram says. The IICRC credential is voluntary. Bertram says the sale fell through because he couldn't provide a certified report, and he now pays two mortgages each month.
E-mails sent to Dryden were returned as undeliverable and phone numbers for his company are disconnected.
Mark Robinson | Cincinnati area
In July, Villa Hills, Ky., police issued a warrant for Mobile TV Repair owner Mark Robinson's arrest on a misdemeanor charge of theft following complaints from consumers who paid for services, but never received any.
He had not been located as of press time, according to Villa Hills Police Officer James Wendeln. Roger Askin of Ludlow, Ky., says Robinson cashed his $268 check for TV repair in April but never did any work, and Andrea Crabtree of Cincinnati says Robinson followed her to a bank machine for her $300 advance payment for TV repairs, and then vanished.
Robinson — who has a 2009 F report on Angie's List as AB Sales — is known to do business under at least 13 names, according to the Ohio Better Business Bureau, which received more than 20 unresolved complaints. Robinson also is not registered to work as a contractor in Cincinnati.
At least one of Robinson's companies, Robinson's Sound Waves, has faced previous civil charges. Fifteen phone numbers for Robinson or his companies are disconnected or wrong. A notice alerts members that he's out of business.