Worst Houston Contractors of 2009
Angel’s Construction | Houston
Jose Angel Farias, owner of Houston-based Angel’s Construction, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for bilking Hurricane Katrina victims in Slidell, La., out of about $140,000.
Farias was sentenced in June after his conviction on seven felony theft charges for work he failed to start or complete.
Farias also was convicted in 2007 and served seven months in jail in Harris County, Texas, for felony theft after accepting more than $23,000 to procure tile for a business owner but not doing the work, says Jodi Silva of the Houston Police Department.
Slidell Police received 10 complaints against Farias for shoddy work or unfinished jobs.
Capt. Kevin Foltz says Farias scammed a 60-year-old man out of nearly $32,000 and another couple out of $40,000.
St. Tammany Parish Assistant District Attorney Harold Bartholomew Jr. says Farias will likely be deported to Mexico upon his release.
Parkstone Estate Homes | Houston
Lauren and Joe Byars say they had problems with Parkstone Estate Homes from the time they broke ground on their $680,000 dream home in Richmond.
Parkstone incorrectly installed a propane tank, ordered the wrong appliances and double-charged them for a kitchen island they had to return twice, they say.
The builder also allegedly left the couple with a crooked staircase handrail, improper electrical work and shoddy painting.
“Literally you had to babysit them through everything,” Lauren says.
Two other Angie’s List members gave the company low ratings after canceling contracts to build homes because of delayed start dates, expensive markups and other warning signs.
Parkstone landed in the Penalty Box for failing to respond to the Byars’ complaint, earning an alert on the record.
The company filed for bankruptcy in June. An attorney for Parkstone did not respond to interview requests.
— reporting by Emily Udell