Evansville CEO charged with felony home improvement fraud

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Dennis Szorcsik and Melanie McConnell of Newburgh, Indiana fulfilled with Elite Development Techniques in March of 2021 about developing a sunroom onto their household.

At the time, CEO Matthew Gates mentioned if the couple signed a deal that working day, the undertaking would be concluded by Mother’s Day.

When the two sides agreed to a offer, Szorcsik and McConnell compensated Elite Design Techniques approximately $17,000.

They promptly skilled a range of delays.

“When they started on it, they realized the posts that had been established ended up outdoors the parameters of the sunroom,” Szorcsik explained.

The post holes had been dug again after some time. McConnell suggests her back lawn seem favored “Whack-A-Mole” for awhile.

Right before the new holes have been dug, the outdated posts were sawed off. There are continue to a number of stumps cemented into the ground pretty much a year later on.

Sooner or later, crews arrived out and laid the deck part of the sunroom.

“Matt arrived out and satisfied with us, per the phrases of our arrangement, immediately after the deck was set in,” Szorcsik said. “Another payment was manufactured to him. And that was the past time we noticed him.”

The second payment introduced the couple’s full to practically $30,000.

They say irrespective of contacting the enterprise a lot of instances, no a lot more function has been finished on the sunroom given that July.

Late final 12 months, Gates submitted for individual bankruptcy.

“Whether we get our funds again, we’ve occur to the conclusion that we’re likely not,” Szorcsik claimed. “There’s a extensive listing of folks in the individual bankruptcy proceeding. So who is aware of, but we never intend to see the money we set into this.”

The unfinished sunroom isn’t the only job left fifty percent-performed by Elite Design Offer.

Gates is experiencing numerous regulation satisfies in Indiana for identical encounters.

A single of those legislation satisfies is from Szorcsik and McConnell.

McConnell claims she spoke to 1 person who employed Elite Construction Provide to redo the roofing on their dwelling.

McConnell claims that man or woman had their shingles stripped off, and then crews never confirmed back again up.

Warrick County Sheriff Mike Wilder claims the sheriff’s office environment executed an arrest warrant for Gates on Thursday.

He is charged with felony dwelling improvement fraud.

He is out on a $5,000 bond.

Elite Building Offer was shut Friday when 14 News visited the business all over 2 p.m.

There was a signal on the doorway that mentioned the enterprise was closed, and individuals could call their variety for 24 hour support.

We referred to as that quantity and asked for a comment on the arrest of their CEO.

We have not heard again.

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