GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A couple who says they were ripped off by an unlicensed contractor who took their money and never showed up to do the work is getting help from several companies that got wind of what happened.
Jaime and Sarah McCauley hired Jeffery Scott TenElshof II to put new siding on their home and paid him $3,500 upfront to purchase materials. After promptly cashing their check, TenElshof never did the work.
The McCauleys contacted Target 8 investigators to look into TenElshof and his business. In a report that aired last week, Target 8 revealed that several other people claimed TenElshof took their money and never did their jobs, and that he is facing several lawsuits.
Staff at Eikenhout Inc., a building supply company in Grand Rapids, saw the report and decided they wanted to help.
“I presented the case, after we saw your Target 8 investigation, to our team and right away everyone jumped on board,” said Eikenhout Director of Sales Justin Hendges.
“It hits home to your heart and right to the marrow of your bones because of the getting ripped off,” said Mike Chase, one of Eikenhout’s owners. “They walk away with nothing when this happens.”
Eikenhout shared the story with officials at CertainTeed, a siding manufacturer, and the company agreed to provide the materials free of charge. Hendges then reached out to several of his clients, licensed contractors, who volunteered to help install the siding in July.
Then, Hendges got in contact with the McCauleys.
“I started crying,” said Sarah McCauley.
“It makes the financial blow and hardship of what Scott (TenElshof) did not as bad and not as painful,” Jaime McCauley said.
But the McCauleys say they still want justice.
When confronted by a Target 8 reporter, TenElshof said he was “ready to issue them a check” for a refund. But the McCauleys say they’ve heard nothing from him.
Since Target 8′s report aired last week, several other alleged victims have contacted Target 8, reporting that he also ripped them off.
TenElshof, who goes by Scott, currently owns Four Seasons Construction, LLC. The company was formerly called Scooter’s Construction.
There have been complaints filed against TenElshof with state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. In a January 2014 complaint, a woman claimed she paid TenElshof to install windows but he never showed to do the work.
“We attempted to contact [TenElshof's company] on two occasions but they never responded to our office. We closed the file as “Company No Reply” on May 9, 2014,” said Sydney Allen, a representative for the AG, in an emailed statement. “We also located complaints currently assigned to our Labor Division against “Scooters Construction” and “Scooter’s Construction” and also complaints filed against Jeffery Tenelshof.”
The McCauleys have filed a small claims lawsuit in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids and are anticipating a court date in July.
TenElshof did not respond to a Tuesday request from Target 8 for comment.