ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A News 4 investigation has led to several people helping out a disabled man who was duped by a local contractor with a track record of crookedness in the St. Louis area.
After surviving a life threatening auto accident, Kevin Parker was trying to improve his odds of surviving severe weather by having a ramp built to a basement storm shelter.
In October, Parker paid Brian Thomas and his company, Buildings of Steel, $15,000 to do the job, which remains unfinished.
Through investigating, News 4 learned it was pretty typical for Thomas, whose real name is Brian Ecker.
In 2006, then Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon sued Ecker for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from consumers with his business, B and C Custom Pools. He was ordered to pay back $117,000 in restitution and penalties while being permanently barred from the pool construction business.
After having trouble getting a hold of Ecker initially, News 4’s Mike Colombo finally got in touch with him.
During a conversation, Ecker said he had no intention of giving Parker money back. But he said he planned on finishing the work, an empty promise he’s repeatedly made to Parker.
Several News 4 viewers, though, have stepped forward volunteering their time and materials to complete the project at no further cost.
Anyone who has ripped off by Brian Ecker - or Brian Thomas as he goes by these days - are urged to contact the attorney general.