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Madigan to sue owner of Franklin Co. home repair business


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a lawsuit against the owner of a Franklin County home repair business for allegedly cheating southern Illinois residents out of more than $127,000 for work that was either substandard or never performed.

The lawsuit is against Robert Hartley of Buckner, who was doing business as Hartley and French Roofing and Hartley’s Contracting. The suit accuses him of violating the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

According to the lawsuit, Hartley solicited residents by going door-to-door offering roofing and other repair services. Madigan is alleging that Hartley cheated consumers by performing work that was shoddy or incomplete.

The lawsuit also states Hartley did not have the mandatory roofing license required by the state.

Attorney General Madigan’s office has received 17 complaints since 2015 against Hartley from consumers in Franklin and Hamilton counties who reported losses of $127,044.30. The Better Business Bureau also reported receiving service-related complaints involving Hartley and French Roofing. Attorney General Madigan is asking the court to prevent Hartley from doing business in Illinois.

The lawsuit also seeks to nullify any contracts and require that Hartley pay restitution to consumers and civil penalties.

The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office has also charged Hartley with four felonies, including home repair fraud, aggravated home repair fraud and two counts of theft.

Attorney General Madigan is encouraging consumers who believe they may have been defrauded by Robert Hartley, Hartley and French Roofing or Hartley’s Contracting to file a consumer complaint through her website or to contact her office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at either 1-800-243-0618 at her Springfield office or 1-800-243-0607 at her Carbondale office.

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