Volunteers help finish repairing Minnesota woman's home
Aug. 19, 2018
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Volunteers have helped finish repairs on a Twin Cities area woman's home after a contractor took her money and left the job unfinished.
KARE-TV had discovered that the contractor, Moses Wazwaz, was working without a license. Records show he'd been ordered to stop contracting.
Wazwaz has been convicted of charges including failing to pay $70,000 of child support over 15 years, and also found guilty of writing bad checks.
KatieMae Carroll said she was unaware of Wazwaz's criminal history when she hired him to repair home after it was damaged by a 2017 hailstorm.
She said she paid Wazwaz but he left her fence lying in a pile and the siding job unfinished. Construction workers who volunteered to finish the repairs said they also discovered that Carroll's shingles were nailed onto a rotten roof.
Khue Le, owner of Amana Construction, said he reached out to Carroll and offered his services after seeing a report about her home. Carroll said she heard from 15 contractors wanting to help.
"I can't believe, they've gone far beyond what I ever imagined would happen here," Carroll said.
Seeing Carroll's reaction to the finished home "just makes it worth it," Le said
Carroll took Wazwaz to court and won a $15,000 judgment against him. She's also created a GoFundMe page to help the volunteers with the costs.
Information from: KARE-TV, http://www.kare11.com