I-Team: Nailing down roofers who took money, didn't finish job

I-Team: Nailing down roofers who took money, didn't finish job

ATLANTA -

After a couple of wind-battering storms and flood-level rain pouring into north Georgia, rooftops throughout the region have shown a fair amount of wear and tear. And, roofers know that.

Many great roofers work all across metro Atlanta and stayed busy in recent months repairing shaken shingles and large-sized leaks. But, lately, one man's work has stood out from the rest.

At least to the FOX 5 I-Team's Dana Fowle.

There are many, many good roofers in the metro area. But, there is also the roofer who doesn't do a very good job. There is the roofer who starts the job, but doesn't finish. Then, there is David Lee King, the guy who several customers claim shows up, takes their money and then … you'll see what happens.

Henry Country Resident Terrylynn Pierre said, "Winds was so strong it just blew my bedroom window completely in."

Terrylynn says she remembers Hurricane Katrina well. She watched much of it from the safety of her Henry County porch.  Water lapped at her third floor window. She says her family was trapped for three days.

She said, "A boat came by and got me and my family. "

Then, she landed here in metro Atlanta. After surviving Katrina, when a March storm came through damaging her roof, Terrylynn figured she'd fix it and move on -- not a big deal.

In June, she hired roofer David Lee King. Both of them agreed she gave a $2,500 down payment.  

Terrylynn said he never got to work on the roof again. She says he took her money, as well.

"The second excuse I think he told my husband he had to go to court. Uh, the other excuses was he was still doing another job," she said.

Terrylynn said she had to have another contractor repair her roof.  She claims she asked repeatedly for King to return her money.  She says he handed over 500 bucks, but that's it.

And, did the roofer try to negotiate with her. Terrylynn said, "I haven't heard from David since June 26, when he texted me when the police was standing right in my living room."

In  one of those text she said he didn't return her money because he "was angry."  So, she has sued, claiming she's still owed $2,000.

Let's jump over to Derek Wilson's house.

Derek said, "I called him. He would give me an excuse: my dog died. My transmission went out."

Derek Wilson says he complained to the Better Business Bureau. He also says he paid David Lee King to patch up his roof.  He says he handed over a $2,100 down payment.  But, when the work didn't get done, Derek decided to warn people.

"I put an ad out to watch out for this roofing contractor guy David King. He goes by several names," Derek said.

You see, David Lee King advertises on Craigslist using a lot of names. The I-Team found nine.  And this former customer made sure in his post that readers knew that. That's when he says, the disappearing roofer re-appeared -- with an offer.

Derek Wilson said, "I got $1,200.  Can we settle on that? Would that help and get you to leave me alone?"

He says he got partial re-payment. But, a Henry County couple isn't so lucky. They sued King and won in court, but tell the I-Team they can't get their money.

Mr. King called the I-Team a lot and scheduled at least four interviews. But, he canceled each and every time.  He told us that he was a changed man but we had a lot of questions about that, so we caught up with him at his house.

When confronted by Dana Fowl from FOX 5's I-Team, David did not want to comment.

Apparently he also wanted to talk about his 2004 conviction in Cobb County for "being a contractor with intent to defraud."  And we wanted to know more about his prison stints for roof-related convictions in Douglas and Newton Counties.  But he stopped talking.   

Mr. King insisted that FOX 5's I-Team speak to his attorney, so The I-Team called. No one from the lawyer's office returned the phone calls.

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