Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Victim Story

I received the following email recently.  This is from the one of the Yelp Reviewers I've posted previously.  The story sound eerily familiar, just more sever then any I've heard so far.

Back in May I found your site after our friend referred Ron Janus and Private Water and Sewer to us for our tie in to Lake Michigan/City of Addison Water and Sewer. We had well and septic, and our septic tank was leaking into the storm sewers, health department was called, all that good stuff.  We paid Ron small amounts in May and June-  and my husband and I noticed that he went from our house straight to the bank to cash the checks (made out to him personally).   While Ron was at our house explaining how things would be done, I was on Yelp and saw all the reviews and found your page.    Ron has done the same thing to us as he has to everyone else.  Of course my husband’s father ALSO paid Ron a portion of the money due, so he was paid the full job amount.  

We didn’t hear from Ron for a few months.  We called and called. We tried to find his office. We called from different numbers.  Finally, in SEPTEMBER!, Ron and his crew were out to start the work.  (Mind you, during the summer they were dropping off forklift type digging machine, picking them up, dropping them off, etc.)  They started the job, incorrectly tied into the sewer (even though there were specific instructions on the tie in materials), and that was it.  We are still waiting for the sewer tie in to be fixed and the water tie in to be completed. Meanwhile, our yard and our neighbor’s yard are dug up.  And our permit expires 11/28/15.  The meeting for annexation for us to become a part of Addison is in December.  Without having all of this done, we ultimately lose our house.  And DAILY Ron has been saying, “We will be there later!” or “Tomorrow morning.”  My husband calls him sometimes 30 times in a row before he answers.

Today, Friday November 13, 2015 Ron and Sam confirmed they were working on a new job. I can only assume it means that they stole from yet another person. There has to be a better way to get the news out about this company and this thievery.   In the meantime, we need a contractor. Any referrals would be greatly appreciated.  Bonus- Ron IS a licensed plumber, and he has the permit pulled, so they can work under that permit.   I also started a Go Fund Me page to try to collect money to pay a new contractor so we don’t end up on the street.  (we live in a ranch with in-law arrangement, my husband and I, our 2 kids and his 65 year old dad with COPD and a heart condition).

Lots of good stuff there.   If by good you mean scumbaggish.

  1. Cashes the check 5 minutes after he has it.  At this point its already too late.  You're going to get screwed.   I fell for this too, but this is exactly why you don't pay a contractor until the job is done.
  2. The old I'll be there first thing tomorrow routine.  Classic.
  3. Dropping off and picking up machinery without actually doing any work.  I've heard that Ron got evicted from his workshop. It sounds to me like he was using their yard as a storage facility.  It would have been hilarious if they called the cops and had the equipment impounded for being illegally parked on their property.
  4. Starting a new job before finishing the job he was paid for.  
  5. Doesn't answer the phone for paying customers. 
  6. Actually got a permit  This I find hard to believe.  I'm fairly certain Ron is not licensed.  I wonder whose license he used to get the permit.

I wonder what Ron does with all the money he steals.  I've heard that his equipment is getting repossessed and he's getting evicted from his workshops so it obviously isn't going there.  I've heard he owes his employees weeks of back pay so its not going there.   I'm pretty sure his house is being foreclosed on so its not going there.   Maybe he owes a large sum to the mob and this is the only way he can get it to them.  I can't figure out what else he could be using it for.

If you've found this page because you or someone you know has also been victimized by Ron Janus or the Private Sewer and Water Corp and you can spare a few bucks to someone who is also in your situation check out the gofundme page they set up that I  linked to above.  It sounds like they got hit worse than most of us.

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