ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — More people are coming forward after a News 4 investigation into a contractor with a bad habit of taking people’s money and not getting the job.
Carol Boschert hired Terry Marler and his company Tuckpointing by Terry.
“Nobody is going to do this to us, it’s just not possible,” Boschert said. “Well, it’s growing and we have to realize that.”
The Boscherts consider their porch a refuge. But above them is an eye wound. Carol and Roy Boschert said the contractor they paid to fix their chimney took their money and disappeared.
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“We wanted to stop what he’s doing this way, he needs help,” said Roy Boschert.
Roy Boschert hired Marler last August. The two signed a contract to fix the chimney with the total price listed at $6,783.
“There are 3 different payments here, one was due upon signing the contract for $2,261,” Roy Boschert said.
The Boscherts said they wrote Marler a check that day. After that, they said they never heard from Marler again until this week. The Boscherts recently told News 4 that they received a check from Marler with a full refund after an investigation by News 4.
News 4 has followed Marler on and off over the past decade, sharing more stories of people getting scammed. A couple said they paid him $10,000 to fix their patio, but the job was never done. Other customers have shared similar stories.
The Missouri attorney general eventually took him to court, and in 2016 Marler was barred from taking money for construction work until the job was fully completed. Last month, Marler admitted to News 4 that he violated that court order at least twice, including when he took a down payment from a South City woman and then never started the job he did. he had promised.
News 4 tried to speak to Marler in person, but he was only speaking on the phone.
“No one tried to take advantage of her,” Marler said.
After a recent News 4 Investigates article aired, the South City woman told News 4 that Marler sent her a check for $3,300. That’s $65 less than she paid.
“She’s the only one I ever took money from,” Marler said.
After this quote appeared in a News 4 article, the Boscherts contacted News 4 saying they had been scammed as well.
Marler changed the name of his company after the 2016 court order. The Boscherts said they wondered if that was why they were unaware of previous complaints about Marler.
The Missouri attorney general’s office said it is reviewing recent complaints against Marler. He said if someone violated a court order, they could be held in contempt. Marler said he thought the permanent injunction expired after five years, so he thought it was okay to take customer deposits.
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