Port Arthur woman's suit alleges contractors did shoddy work, stole belongings

David Yates Jun. 3, 2008, 11:33am

Not only did a pair of contractors make of with a Port Arthur woman's DVD player, they allegedly never even finished the job they were paid to do.

Lita Roberts filed suit against Tom Nguyen, Le Thuy-Nga and their business, United Construction Services June 2 in the Jefferson County District Court, claiming UCS left her home in a shambles.

According to Roberts' petition, on Dec. 2, 2007, she hired UCS to make substantial repairs (furnishing both labor and materials) to her home located at 3810 35th St. in Port Arthur.

"Defendants, although paid the majority of the total cost of the job contracted to be performed, failed to complete the work in a reasonable amount of time, as promised," the suit said.

"Further, the work that was actually performed by Defendants was not done in a good and workmanlike manner and much of it actually had to be undone and redone in a proper manner. Additionally, Defendants failed and refused and continue to fail and refuse to deliver or cause to be delivered to Plaintiff the required windstorm inspection certificate related to the roof repair Defendants performed."

In addition to the complaints, Roberts says the defendants have also failed return her Magnavox DVD player, furnish a detailed accounting report, and either deliver to her the remaining upgraded tile or refund her $2,600 deposit.

"The unlawful acts and practices described above are and were a producing cause of damages to Plaintiff," the suit says.

"The purpose of this suit is to recover the amount of money which, if paid now in cash, would fairly and reasonably compensate Plaintiff for such damages."

Roberts is also suing for economic damages under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.

She is represented by attorney Brandon Monk of the McPherson, Monk, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley & Steele law firm.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th Judicial District.

Case No. A181-847

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