Bryan Cohen Sep. 3, 2013, 7:06pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a lawsuit Friday against a Hamilton County home improvement company that allegedly collected homeowners' payments but failed to provide promised services.

The Fishers-based Veteran Construction and its principals, Michael Friery, Mark Wright and Kurt Beard, allegedly collected payments after contracting to repair the storm-damaged roofs of 31 homeowners. The defendants allegedly failed to provide any services for at least 28 of the 31 consumers. The remaining consumers allegedly only received partial services after Veteran Construction cashed their insurance checks.

Abigail Kuzma, the director of Zoeller's Consumer Protection Division, said the action seeks restitution for consumers who received little or none of what they paid for in home improvement services. She said consumers should know their rights and only pay contractors for the completion of specific amounts of work.

The lawsuit alleges that Veteran Construction and its principals violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The suit seeks close to $300,000 in restitution for the 31 consumers, cancellation of consumer contracts, attorney fees and civil penalties.

Home improvement contractors in Indiana are required to give consumers a written contract for work exceeding $150. The contract must be provided before any work is performed or payment is made.

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