Multiple customers of 10 Roofing & Construction tell News 9 they are stuck with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and unfinished homes after the company’s owner suddenly left the state.
Brock Baker of Norman said his family hired the company’s owner, Trey Middleton, to build their “forever home in Grady County. Baker said he believed Middleton used funds from their loan to pay vendors and subcontractors for the construction.
In late October, a few months after construction started, a company employee told Baker that Middleton left town and had not been paying the subcontractors.
It was a “daily nightmare, a living nightmare,” Baker said. “Out of the 120 thousand that he took from our bank, we have put together that about 20 thousand of that actually went into our home.”
News 9 unsuccessfully attempted to contact Middleton multiple times on Thursday. Phone numbers posted on the company website had been disconnected, along with a cell phone previously associated with Middleton. Middleton did not respond to messages sent to two different email addresses.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is investigating Middleton and 10 Roofing & Construction. A spokesperson for the office said it has received 6 complaints against the company since early December.
“We’d encourage anyone who has a complaint about Mr. Middleton and/or 10 Roofing & Construction to contact our office at 1-833-681-1895 or email consumerprotecti[email protected],” said Director of Communications Rachel Roberts.
Baker said he and his family, now facing unexpected debt on top of their construction loan, are evaluating their options.
“Our future is now undetermined. We may have to finish this house and sell it, and not even get to move into it because of what this man did to us. We would probably still lose money, but at least we could walk away and start over.”
Tate Spreacker, a former employee of 10 Roofing & Construction, said he had a falling out with Middleton in late October.
Spreacker told News 9 that he told Middleton in a phone call that he was starting to get phone calls from unpaid subcontractors.
“(Middleton) said he is not going to pay any of it,” Spreacker recalled. “He is not paying me, I will not be getting paid anymore, and he’s shutting the doors and filing bankruptcy. That was the last of it.”
News 9 spoke with two other families who said they have taken on substantial debt as a result of working with Middleton.
Sydney and Craig Robinson planned to move into their brand new home near Tecumseh next month when construction first began. They said Middleton requested more funding to purchase supplies for which they had already paid.
“It turns out that our windows, that were supposedly taking 16 weeks to come in, were never ordered,” said Sydney Robinson. The couple said they’ve lost about $20,000 and will likely pay more to correct the initial construction contracted by Middleton.
“Our lives have been put on hold because of his actions,” she said.
Jason Teague and his family planned to move into their Pottawatomie County home last month, but construction stopped after a tax lien was filed on the building by an unpaid subcontractor.
Between paying for additional construction and paying back the subcontractors, Teague said he’s lost $50,000-60,000
“You see these stories on TV,” Teague said. “I didn’t think my life was like a dateline story, you know, the guy who got ripped off by the contractor.”