An Ellisville organization operator has been arrested and billed with fraud after remaining accused of dishonest at minimum a few folks out of almost $75,000 in residence-repair positions.
Arthur Cooksey, 44, was arrested Aug. 24 just after a consumer submitted an affidavit in Jasper County Justice Court in the To start with Judicial District for household-repair fraud, and he was billed. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Division been given a criticism of property-fix fraud that occurred in the Rose Hill Community, Sheriff Randy Johnson mentioned.
“The complainant noted that Cooksey Building had been contracted for home restore,” Johnson reported. “The complainant documented that Cooksey requested and gained a huge sum of revenue up front to buy content for the work.”
Cooksey would not return to finish the career after obtaining the funds, and the work that was concluded was not excellent operate, in accordance to the criticism. He was arrested and bonded out the following working day.
Cooksey posted to Fb on Aug. 26 following he was arrested the very first time that he was arrested for the reason that of an unhappy buyer.
“And just one of my competition utilised that to his benefit by slandering my business on social media,” Cooksey wrote. “As most of you know there is 2 sides to each individual tale. Had it have been as negative as he made me glimpse, I would not be equipped to make this publish.”
The consumer who was unhappy with the company’s function had nothing at all to do with dollars, they just didn’t like the work that my men performed, Cooksey wrote.
“So I determined to crystal clear the air with all my haters,” he ongoing.
Then the Jasper County Sheriff’s Division acquired another criticism earning the exact accusations in opposition to Cooksey.
Cooksey was arrested and charged for violation of parole by Jones County Sheriff’s Office then transported to Jasper County Sheriff’s Division after another affidavit was submitted Aug. 27 for dwelling-repair service fraud. Reportedly, Cooksey questioned for a substantial amount of money of money to acquire elements for the work, and just after obtaining the dollars, he would not response the telephone or return calls. The 3 issues advise property-repair service fraud in the amounts of $46,000, $12,000 and $16,000. In accordance to a single complainant, Cooksey reportedly necessary the clientele to fork out in cash up entrance for making resources.
Johnson said the sheriff’s workplace has gained quite a few far more problems about Cooksey Development, but no other affidavits have been filed in court docket.
Jenny Hayes Barnes Shoemake posted on Fb that she hired Cooksey Design to set in a new subfloor and new flooring in a smaller den and kitchen.
“I paid him $12,000,” she wrote. “He set down the most inexpensive flooring. I paid him $5,900 on May perhaps 12 for components. We moved our furnishings out three periods — they didn’t exhibit.”
They came on Aug. 2, she wrote, and she moved out and trusted them to do great do the job.
“Aug. 6 he needed $500 much more for the components and $6,000 for labor I compensated him,” Shoemake wrote.
Shoemake wrote that when she observed the repairs, she questioned Cooksey Building to return to fix it and he refused.
He has cheated a lot of people and reported he does catastrophe aid, which is terrifying explained Jenny Shoemake.
“They did not tear out all the black molded plywood just place flooring about it,” she wrote. “The ground sinks in.”
The most important thing is it has to be torn out again simply because there is black mold in there, Shoemake mentioned.
“He favored to do nonprofit added benefits,” Shoemake claimed. “He scammed us out of $12,000. I have some messages the place people today have gotten ripped off by him right before. He would not even give us a material listing and would not deliver us the checklist or what it prices.”
“I have yet another contractor coming out to do an estimate,” Shoemake stated. “We did not know he was on parole when he did this and he is not accredited or bonded in Mississippi.”
In a different article on Fb, Sherry Hayes wrote that Cooksey took a great deal of cash for supplies up front simply because he desired to lock in lumber costs at Lowe’s “by us paying him upfront.”
“He never ever obtained any products, and he has retained our income because he mentioned he has a contract concerning us? Anything he has reported about placing the materials on maintain was a lie,” Hayes wrote. “Arthur Cooksey is in jail and his business enterprise Cooksey’s Design demands to be shut down!”
Cooksey was convicted of two counts of grand larceny and theft in January 2014 and was sentenced to two years on house arrest, with 8 decades suspended, according to a Leader-Phone report. But the decide requested him to provide that 8 many years powering bars immediately after Jones County deputies observed meth, a crack pipe and products in his car or truck throughout a traffic end in 2016. He was charged with possession of a managed material and possession of paraphernalia.
Jones County Sheriff’s Section bought a gram of meth from Cooksey, so he was charged with sale of a managed compound, according to courtroom records. He was also in violation of his release arrangement due to the fact he had failed to pay the just about $16,000 he owed to his victims and on court expenses.
Any other folks who imagine they have been defraud by Cooksey are questioned to get hold of their neighborhood law enforcement agencies.