Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against a now-dissolved Brookfield home improvement company, claiming the company’s owners ripped off customers by taking deposit money and then never completing jobs.
The complaint against Dunn Right Construction and its owners, Lanise and Anthony Crafton, was filed in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court. In it, Madigan seeks a permanent injunction against the company from operating as a home improvement business. The suit also seeks cash damages, including a $50,000 civil penalty and an additional $50,000 per violation committed.
Additionally, the suit seeks to suspend any licenses or permits held by Anthony Crafton until he complies with a subpoena issued by Madigan during the attorney general’s investigation into his company.
Records from the Illinois Secretary of State’s website indicate that Dunn Right Construction was incorporated in November of 2002, listing the firm’s address as 4429 East Ave. in Brookfield. The attorney general’s lawsuit lists the company’s address as 8701 Circle Drive, Brookfield.
Dunn Right involuntarily dissolved as a corporation on April 1, 2004. According to the lawsuit, however, the defendants engaged in deceptive business practices on at least two occasions since that time. Crafton was issued a subpoena on Feb. 14, 2004 regarding the attorney general’s investigation of his business activities, but failed to appear on the proscribed date.
The attorney general’s lawsuit details two instances of Dunn Right’s deceptive practices. The first involved a Berwyn resident who entered into a home repair contract in July of 2004. At that time, the defendants allegedly received $2,100 from a Berwyn man, but failed to even start work on the project.
On Aug. 1, 2004, the defendants allegedly entered into a contract with a Chicago woman, who paid a deposit of $1,500. According to the suit, the defendants two weeks later demanded an additional $2,000. Although work began on that project, the suit alleges that it was never completed.
In both cases, Madigan claims that the homeowners were never given the required three-day notice of right to cancel or a copy of the home repair consumer’s rights pamphlet that’s required of contractors who sign agreements at customer’s homes.
Despite being sent written demands from the attorney general’s office to refund the money to both homeowners, the defendants never did.