Democo / Scam and cheating
Democo contracted to demolish a house. Democo was paid an advance of $6279 prior to start of work. The balance of $14, 718 was paid to them on completion by a second personal check on 08/25/07. Democo called and indicated that they wanted immediate payment. A Bank cashiers check for $14, 818 was paid to them on 08/07. Democo was supposed to destroy the personal check.
On 06/20/08 Democo deposited the personal check and was paid by the Bank with overdrafts. Democo have been called several times and are not returning any calls. I have filed a complaint with the California Contractors Licensing Board and the Orange County District Attorneys Office. I have provided copies of the contract, invoices, copy of checks, bank draft, the letter I have sent to them by fax/certified mail to Democo, California Board of Contractors, DAs office.
I have not heard from Joe (the owner) or his accountant or anyone else that they will send me my money. I was hoping that this was an accidental clerical oversight but with the lack of response. I hope the police/district attorney pursue this. This is a significant amount of money to have been taken from me.