Homeowners are taking action against crossroads remodeling for not completing projects

All the homeowners wanted were the projects they paid to get completed.

Residents live in Saint Michael, Maple Grove, Monticello, Albertville, Rogers, Otsego and Nowthen. They had big plans and healthy budgets for improvements. Julie Marshall says she signed a deal with Rick Wooton and Crossroads Remodeling for more than $100,000.

“We had to hunt him down,” she said.

Others say they are still waiting for construction to start or finish. Whether it’s a new porch, patio or basement.

“People had started projects and when the money was already invested, even though you don’t believe that guy, part of you is like, but I have to because maybe he could come back,” Saint Michael’s Benjamin Anaya said.

Maple Grove’s Ryan Lindfors has been keeping track.

“It’s affecting about 30 families, so he’s been around for a while,” Lindfors said.

As of 2017, customers met with Wooton, signed contractors, and exchanged money ranging from $16,000 to more than $100,000. John LeBlanc and his partner live in Rogers and hired Wooton.

“If we paid 100 percent upfront, we would get this wonderful discount from him,” LeBlanc said.

Rogers’ Dustan Petron was one of Wooton’s three business partners. The others listed on the state records were Wooton’s wife Deb, Larson Wooton and Mike Sohre. Petron said he agreed with Wooton when there was a doubt until he recently became suspicious.

“I did the math and there was quite a bit of $500,000 in jobs at 12 of the homeowners,” Petron said.

In the end Petron just stopped. As a project manager, Petron said, when he tried to order materials, more and more suppliers turned him down because checks landed with them. 17 subcontractors claim they weren’t paid, and Petron said several of his own paychecks bounced.

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“Enough is enough,” he said.

As time passed and construction delays increased, little or no work was done on their homes.

“It was a struggle the whole time,” said Maple Grove’s Troy Knopik.

The angry homeowners organized themselves. They formed an online community to communicate with each other and met in person as a group. They acted too. They filed police reports with their cities and complaints with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, which oversees the contractors.

Charlie Durenberger is Head of Licensing.

“The mere name of Rick Wooton gives me a lot of concern because of our history with him and his known criminal history,” he said.

State records show that Wooton is a convicted felon and has served time in prison for various financial crimes such as fraud, theft, fraud, assault, burglary, and bad checks.

The Department of L&I confirmed that Wooton still owes the state $90,000 in fines for operating without a license in previous businesses. On Monday, Durenberger said he had granted a license to Crossroads Remodeling on the condition that Wooton had no regulatory or financial role at the company. He could work on a project site but has no administrative duties.

However, the homeowners group claims he did just that.

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“It’s unfortunate, we work hard to get things done and people like that come and it’s hard to deal with,” said Rogers’ Andy Madson.

On Monday, Crossroads Remodeling, LLC. attorney Patrick O’Donnell issued the following statement:

“Crossroads Remodeling, LLC has always operated its business to best serve its customers and community. Reported allegations by a former member were investigated and found to be unfounded in client work and business operations. The accountant’s review of business records and statements did not reveal any impropriety. The company denies any allegations of wrongdoing and will continue to strive to serve the best interests of its customers. ”

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