State files lawsuit against Veteran Construction

State seeks restitution for consumers

INDIANAPOLIS - The state has filed a lawsuit against Veteran Construction after the Call 6 Investigators revealed the roofing company was at odds with dozens of customers.

The lawsuit comes several weeks after the stories of many customers who were still waiting for roof repairs from hail damage.

The Attorney General filed the lawsuit Friday. The court documents speak on behalf of 31 people that represent more than $296,000 in unfinished work.

The company is accused of violating the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act for taking deposits and not completing the jobs.

The Call 6 Investigators sat down with company owner Michael Friery on Aug. 1. Friery said he was working on meeting his obligations, but the state felt it needed to take action now.

“But in this case, we’ve got a really big problem where obviously this company was not providing the services they promised to provide,” Deputy Attorney General Abby Kuzma said. “We are asking for restitution for the consumers.”

Friery sent an email response to the Call 6 Investigators late Friday afternoon.

“We are actively working with our customers to complete their work, we have already started to work on multiple jobs and will continue working with our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank everyone for their flexibility and patience,” Friery said.

The company closed earlier in August. Everything inside and outside of the company’s north side headquarters was sold in an auction.

Veteran Construction has not filed for bankruptcy, and the owner is confident he can finish the jobs.

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