ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - St. Louis area women told News 4 they were targeted by a local businessman months ago and now two of them are suing him.
The women who spoke to News 4 claim Isaac Monroe of R & M Landscaping provided shoddy work and in some cases, no work at all despite paying thousands of dollars upfront.
Julie Bonebrake told News 4, “There was always some kind of excuse.”
Bonebrake hired Monroe to paint the front of her home, re-tile a bathroom, pour concrete, power wash, and build a new deck at her Fenton home
According to Bonebrake, she paid Monore more than $10,000 for labor, but “all he did was tear off the deck and throw it over there by the fence.”
Bonebrake says she had to pay another contractor to complete the job, and wound up painting the front her house on her own.
JoAnn Cernich says she hired Monroe to replace the roof on her Fenton home.
Cernich says, “He cut every corner he could and used material that was not good.”
According to Cernich, “I have to have the roof redone totally.”
She provided News 4 with a bid from another company that stated, “shingles not nailed properly” and “improper material used.”
At the home next door, Leslie Darnell is also frustrated with Monroe.
Darnell said, “We did have to redo his work.”
She hired Monroe to install French drains in her yard. According to Darnell, the job wasn’t completed, and provided a photo of the drain covered with rock sticking out of the ground.
Monroe is still actively taking bids for new business, and recently offered to install drains for a News 4 producer.
During the meeting Monroe said, “I could probably get it done in a day or two.”
News 4 confronted Monroe over the claims made by several of his former customers.
Monroe says he’s given Bonebrake some money, and “she’s getting more money. It’s not like I haven’t given her any money. She has not contacted at all in months.”
Bonebrake says Monroe refunded $1,500 but still owes her approximately $10,000. She also says Monroe is difficult to contact.
Monroe agreed he owed Darnell money.
He said, “I will give her money. I told her I would, never contacted me back.”
As for Cernich, Monroe says she never asked for any money.
However, he said, “When she calls me to figure it out I have no problem with that.”
Monroe said he’s willing to speak with his former customers to figure out a solution to resolve issues.
Now both Bonebrake and Cernich filed a lawsuit against Monroe and his business R & M Landscaping.
According to the lawsuit, Cernich is owed approximately $14,000 and Bonebrake is owed $9,000.