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Democo / Scam and cheating

1 1148 N Lemon StreetOrange, CA, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 714-221-4400

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.

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  • St
      9th of Oct, 2008
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    I used to work as an account rep for these idiots. I can believe EVERYTHING you say. Travis Thompson is or was the Project Manager when I worked there. This guy didn't know which end was up to be honest. He was a hard case. Thought he had it all figured out and couldn't mange the company budget. I was only there for 30 days before being laid off due to lack of funds. They constantly operated OVER budget and overcharged on each proposal. This I can't prove of course but rest assured, it's true.

    The kicker is, when I was when I was told I was fired I was given a check for about 900.00 dollars. I was told that I could cash it at 5pm that day.

    I didn't and couldn't cash that check until the NEXT day after 5pm because Washington Mutual kept telling me there were insufficient funds in their account. Go figure. I should have expected that.

    I sent Joe, the owner, a lengthy email and of course he hid in his office like he did everyday and didn't reply. Probably due to extreme embarrassment.

    The company all in all was and is a failure. You're better of going with a herd of elephants to demolish your home than these idiots.

    Steve Niemeyer

  • St
      9th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    One other thing, I would like to sincerely apologize to any and all contractors that I spoke with, faxed a proposal to and harrasesed up to 5 times a day per company policy to pressure into signing a contract with this company. I was simply trying (like you) to earn a living.

  • St
      11th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    The correct URL for DemoCO Demolition is

    They operate two separate companies. One to mess everything up, and the other to clean it up. Of course, the website doesn't work. Go figure.

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