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AG's office says Harrison Co. contractor failed to finish jobs


By Chris Dickerson | Aug 9, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a lawsuit alleging a Harrison County contractor accepted down payments for awnings and other home improvements that were never installed.

The lawsuit, filed in Harrison Circuit Court, alleges Vision Home Improvements, its operator and two senior assistants deceived consumers, sanctioned fraud and were unified in executing a scheme of false promises that involved awnings, windows, fire pits and other projects. 

“Our law demands that contractors act in a fair and trustworthy manner,” Morrisey said of the complaint. “Any conduct to the contrary jeopardizes consumer protection. Our office is committed to ensuring contractors act responsibly and comply with terms set forth in their contracts.”

The AG's office seeks a temporary court order to prohibit Vision Home Improvement and its associates, all based in Clarksburg, from soliciting new business during the course of the state’s litigation.

The lawsuit centers on Vision Home Improvement’s marketing of brand-name awnings. It alleges Vision charged consumers a deposit amounting to 50 percent of the total contract price, after which Vision failed to pay the manufacturer and in many cases did not order the item purchased, all actions that resulted in awnings never being installed.

Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges Vision Home Improvement did not provide refunds to affected consumers.

The complaint seeks full restitution for the affected consumers, a $5,000 penalty for each violation of the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act and full reimbursement to cover costs associated with the state’s investigation and litigation.

Vision Home Improvement, registered as Professional Marketing Group LLC, is listed as a defendant, along with managing member Eric Facemire and fellow members Robert Lott and Victor Cain, all of Clarksburg.

The lawsuit charges the company and each of the listed members with unfair and deceptive business practices.

R. Stephen Jarrell of the AG's office is handling the case, which has been assigned to Circuit Judge Christopher McCarthy.

Harrison Circuit Court case number 18-C-185

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