Worst St. Louis Contractors of 2009
Superior Construction Services LLC | Ballwin, Mo.
Patrick Rayburn, owner of Superior Construction Services, pleaded guilty in August to four felony counts of deceptive business practice for taking large deposits on remodeling jobs from St. Louis-area homeowners but never finishing the work.
“While he may not rob people with a gun, he’s still ruining lives,” says Erin Boyle, who gave Rayburn $35,000 to add a room to her Glendale home.
Rayburn completed demolition work, Boyle says, but left her home exposed to the elements.
In October, Rayburn was sentenced two to four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $70,000 to his victims.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he is pursuing a similar case against Rayburn in Warren County.
Rayburn’s phone numbers are disconnected and his attorney, Scott Rosenblum, didn’t return calls seeking comment.
Home Centers America | St. Louis
In June, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked a judge to find Home Centers America owner Jeffrey Wolfson in contempt of court for violating an order that permanently banned him from owning a home remodeling business.
At press time, a hearing was set for Dec. 16. Wolfson pleaded guilty to check fraud in 1999 and agreed to a court-imposed ban.
He violated it in 1999 and again in 2000, and failed to pay court-ordered restitution, earning him a four-year stint in prison.
In the current case, Wolfson allegedly contracted with St. Louis homeowners in 2008 for remodeling projects, but pocketed deposits without finishing the jobs.
“He’s a crook,” says Carolyn Bernstein, who paid Wolfson about $18,000 for a sloppily constructed, unfinished room addition to her Overland home.
Wolfson’s phone numbers are disconnected.
— reporting by Joshua Palmer