Worst Cincinnati Contractors of 2012
Salyers Complete Contracting | Hamilton, Ohio
A Hamilton County judge sentenced Salyers Complete Contracting owner Joshua Salyers in September to three years probation and 200 hours of community service, and ordered him to pay $43,000 in restitution, after Salyers pleaded guilty in August to nine felony counts of theft, court records show.
According to a joint investigation by the Ohio attorney general and the Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor’s office, Salyers stole more than $43,000 from nine area homeowners after they hired him to repair their roofs, but he did little to no work.
According to the AG’s lawsuit filed in April, Salyers violated the state’s Consumer Sales Practices Act by approaching homeowners after storms in 2010 and 2011 and offering to repair their roofs. The lawsuit said he accepted the homeowners’ money — often in the form of insurance checks — to begin jobs, but never completed the work.
Meaghan Hudson, an Angie’s List member from Hamilton, says she hired Salyers in 2010 to replace her roof at a cost of $5,000, but his shoddy workmanship left her with a badly leaking roof that required her to pay $6,000 to another contractor to repair. “It was a complete nightmare,” she says. “He left us with a roof that’s worse off than it was before.”
Court records indicate a total of 14 homeowners filed complaints about Salyers with the attorney general, citing poor workmanship, lack of communication, abandoned jobs and failure to honor his warranty. He also does not hold the required Cincinnati home improvement contractor license.
Besides the criminal case, the state filed a civil suit against Salyers in Hamilton County in February. When he failed to respond, a judge banned him from doing business in Ohio, levied a $100,000 fine, and ordered him to pay $71,573 in restitution, which he’s not yet done, the AG says.
Hudson, one of the 14 consumers who complained to the AG, says she’s due $5,000 restitution, but she’s received no money yet. “After what he did to my roof, I’d have preferred that he took the money and ran,” she says.
Salyers’ F-rated company landed in the Penalty Box in 2011 after he didn’t respond to a complaint from another member. Salyers’ phone numbers are disconnected and he could not be reached for comment.
JR Computer Outlet | Maineville, Ohio
JR Computer Outlet owner Ronald J. Denicola Jr. faces multiple counts of violating state law, according to a June lawsuit filed by the Ohio attorney general, after 27 consumers nationwide, including 17 in the Cincinnati area, complained of more than $10,000 in losses. They accuse Denicola of taking money for work not done, refusing to return repaired computers, doing shoddy work, charging for work not authorized, and engaging in intimidating behavior, an AG press release says. The case remains ongoing in Warren County.
Joe Beeker of Fairfield, Ohio, says he paid Denicola $800 for a computer and printer, but received neither. “Every time I called him, he would tell me he would have it in just one more week,” Beeker says. Denicola, who’s F-rated on the List, says he’s been working with the AG to resolve matters and planned to pay restitution by December. “We were a small company that basically grew very fast,” he says.
Court records show Denicola was convicted in 2011 for misdemeanor counts of passing bad checks and misdemeanor theft in Mason Municipal Court, and received a 60-day jail sentence and 180 days of probation.
Superior Construction | Milford, Ohio
Six Cincinnati-area homeowners complained to the Ohio attorney general in 2011 and 2012 that they lost more than $38,000 when Superior Construction owner William Adair III accepted money for work that was never done or did shoddy work, an AG press release says. The AG filed a civil suit against Adair in August. In November, after he failed to respond to the case, a Hamilton County judge banned him from doing work in Ohio and ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine and $39,963 in restitution.
One of the victims, Lou Cavallaro of Loveland, Ohio, says he paid Adair $25,000 a few years ago to build an addition. “The room developed a serious leak, and he never responded when I reached out,” Cavallaro says.
Adair, who doesn’t hold a Cincinnati home improvement contractor license, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Court records show Adair has a 2011 misdemeanor conviction in Hamilton County for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol; he faces similar charges in Clermont.