HomeAdvisor connects Union County couple to convicted felon contractor
To find a contractor to complete work at their Union County home, Geoff and Julie Vickers used HomeAdvisor, a company that researches licensed professionals and connects them to customers.
HomeAdvisor hooked them up with Kenneth Bell, who they say made a mess and abandoned the job.
The couple discovered the company missed something in their background check that they found on Google: Bell is a convicted felon.
“The entire time he was on our job, during the time we met him from HomeAdvisor, he was on supervised probation,” Geoff Vickers said.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Bell was sentenced for federal drug charges in 2014.
Bell applied for a contractor’s license in North Carolina in 2016. To the application question asking whether he had been convicted of a crime, Bell answered “no.”
His license was accepted.
HomeAdvisor responded by saying, “The service provider in question was removed from our network over a year ago, and the business has since been permanently banned from our platform.”