Local news media haven't been known for their investigative journalism skills, so whenever they exhibit this trait, we at the Ludington Torch will generally try to spotlight the effort by featuring them within our pages. The Manistee News Advocate's Arielle Breen recently compiled a lot of information on some small-town area contractors who seemed to be swindling their unsuspecting victims of large sums of money. She made a two-part series, the first about the problem and the second in order to help folks not to become a victim of such fraudulent enterprises.
Unfortunately, she presented it in the pages of the MNA (the newspaper we affectionately call the City (or County) of Manistee Advocate (COMA) for its past parroting and advocacy of the local government even when it goes bad), which makes it difficult to read without the constant stream of ads and diversions cluttering up the memory of your computer, rather than the serene ad-free environment of the Ludington Torch, with only our soothing flames to warm your neurons. We present it in full here as a community service, in order to help people not become victims of unscrupulous contractors.
Don Mandich stands where there had been a hole and dirt pile in his St. Mary's Parkway yard in Manistee. He had the hole filled in several weeks ago after a contracted project was never completed.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The News Advocate was alerted to a growing number of people filing court cases against a former Free Soil couple and related contracting businesses earlier this year. After months of digging into court cases and interviewing northern Michigan residents, part one of this two-part series showcases the court orders and allegations. Part two shares what residents can look for when vetting potential ...
MANISTEE — A group of about eight concerned Michigan residents from more than four counties recently met in Manistee for dinner to talk about their court cases against a former Free Soil couple and their related contracting businesses.
It's hard to believe that so many people were duped by that contractor. One cannot be all trusting when large sums of money are involved. This is a classic tale of "buyer beware" which seemed to be in short supply by all of those people who hired that con over the hundreds of other honest builders doing business all over West Michigan. Not only are those people keeping shysters in business they are also doing their part in supplying and enriching the local attorneys with retainers, legal fees and other expenses. Thanks for the post X.