Fourth judgment against a local entrepreneur
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A local entrepreneur who accepted tens of thousands of dollars in deposits for contracts that never saw the light of day was ordered by the lower court to reimburse his client’s money.
Veasy Glenn, doing business as Glenn Construction, was ordered by investigating magistrate Lori Meulenberg to reimburse a client for his down payment of $ 7,639 for a pole barn that was never built in 2019.
“You know, we can get out,” Robert Lee Giesick told Glenn during the judgment hearing.
Meulenberg asked Glenn if he wanted to get out, saying the court preferred these types of cases to be settled outside of court proceedings.
“Not really, I don’t think it would be productive,” Glenn replied.
Judge Meulenberg had to call the hearing to repeatedly order Giesick to tell that he couldn’t point to Glenn or insult him.
“I want this guy to be in jail because he did this to other people,” Giesick said.
“I am not sentencing Mr. Glenn to prison,” replied Meulenberg.
“Well you should be,” Giesick retorted.
After a brief silence, the hearing continued for another hour. Mr Glenn has admitted to breaking a contract made in April 2019 and that he would like to pay Giesick what he is owed.
The two men made an informal deal in April 2019 for Glenn to build a pole barn on his property to use as shop and storage space, court documents show. Glenn asked for 50% of the money up front to order materials and save Giesick’s place in the queue. Giesick gave Glenn a down payment of $ 12,420 and construction was scheduled to begin in early fall.
In July 2020, Glenn told Giesick he would not be able to complete the construction and then returned $ 5,000 of the initial deposit. Eleven months later, Giesick sued Glenn for the remainder of the filing.
Meulenberg ruled in favor of Giesick, ordering Glenn to pay $ 7,639.
“I have no control over how you collect it,” Meulenberg said before adjourning the hearing.
The greatest moments of tension occurred outside the courtroom. Giesick followed Glenn up the front staircase, yelling at Glenn that they could take care of things outside. Glenn responded by saying he wished he could return the money. The two were separated by a bailiff and forced to leave the courthouse at different times.
This is the fourth judgment against Glenn – all for similar situations. In total, Glenn owes potential clients $ 67,834. Three other victims came forward saying Glenn also owed them money.
According to documentation from three other victims, Glenn owes more than $ 200,000.
The seven victims describe a similar chain of events. They would make formal or informal agreements with Glenn. He would charge 25% or 50% of the cost of construction to order materials and reserve their place online. Then, it would delay the construction and completion times of the projects. In most cases, Glenn would never return the money. Two victims received bad checks for amounts over $ 10,000.
Earlier this year, Glenn accidentally gave out the contact details of one of his clients to another, they logged in and discovered they were in similar situations. It wasn’t long before they started to find more.
“We all realize that at the end of it all, we’ll probably never get our money back, but the only thing we can do is stop it from getting other people’s money,” said one client who chose not to do it.
According to statements from two separate victims, Glenn told them that he had used the money from their deposit to reimburse other dissatisfied customers.
“He knew that day that he was not going to buy our wood. He has no empathy, ”said the victim who provided bank documents showing a deposit of $ 50,000 paid to Glenn.
Many people who are waiting to receive refunds from Glenn were unwilling to do so because they fear Glenn will never refund their money if they do.
“I’m more interested in a criminal prosecution than a civil judgment,” said Jon Hixson, a client of Glenn who agreed to speak out.
The two signed a contract on March 30 to build Hixson’s “dream barn”. Glenn continued to delay the project until he agreed to repay the deposit in September. Hixson said he still had not received any money from Glenn and would not state how much Glenn owed him.
Glenn Construction has been in business for over 15 years, according to information from the Better Business Bureau.
“Things turned out badly and we decided to shut down the business,” Glenn said at Monday’s hearing.
Although he could not be reached for comment, in numerous documents provided by the victim to the Daily Bee, Glenn apologized for not being able to complete the job and expressed a desire to refund the deposit as well as the charges. interest and other costs incurred.
“I am 100% committed to taking care of this ASAP, but it will take longer than I expected. He texted one of his victims after breaching a contract earlier this year.
After defaulting on another contract, Glenn texted the victim saying he was “liquidating everything” and “dying trying” to get his money back.
“If I were a crook as you say, I would have fled the country.” Glenn told Giesick during the hearing.