SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – A pool contractor is going back to court. That’s because he failed to comply with a court order from 2007. That’s the year The Missouri Attorney General ordered him to stop building. But he’s back and the subject of new complaints.
In January the Better Business Bureau issued a warning about Brian Thomas Ecker and his company Buildings of Steel. The alert indicates he took thousands of dollars for work that was never completed.
In 2004 Stacy Deutschmann hired Ecker’s company, B & C custom pools to build a pool at her South County property. He was paid over 22,000 dollars on the 35,000 dollar project according to Stacy. “He was going to do a retaining wall, and a fence, and tree removal. But he didn’t even do ten thousand dollars worth of work.”
When Ecker asked for more money, the Deuutschman’s made a second payment but they also voiced their frustration with the pace of the project. And then they couldn’t reach him. ‘Sometimes our calls would go unanswered. He would have an excuse why he couldn`t get there, he was working on another job.”
The Deutschmann’s called the Missouri Attorney General’s office. By 2007 the A.G.’s office took Ecker to court representing the Deutschmann’s and 14 others. In the end Ecker was ordered to cease doing business and told to pay almost 90 thousand dollars in restitution.
Stacy and her husband have received nothing. “If none of us are getting restitution like we`re supposed to he shouldn’t be out there taking money from people.”
By 2009 Ecker was working for Buildings of Steel a company owned by his mother using the name Brian Thomas. Deutschmann was asked by the BBB if the man who calls himself Brian Thomas was in fact Brian Eckert. “I was contacted by the Better Business Bureau, to identify him by a picture, because he has a linked in profile of a new company.”
Stacy says its the same person. “I just can`t believe that he is still able to be out there doing this to people.”
This week we learned the Attorney General’s office has ordered Ecker back to court to show cause why he should not be held in criminal or civil contempt. If you have consumer concerns call contact 2, toll free number 800 782-2222. Volunteers take calls Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.