Suit claims $100,000 owed to man for roof work on school

Kelly Holleran Jun. 30, 2010, 11:38am

A Galveston County man has filed suit against a roofing company, alleging he was not paid more than $100,000 after he helped install a roof on a Beaumont school.

Raul Sifuentes claims he contracted with defendant Hampshire Roofing Co. to install roofing at Willie Ray Smith Middle School in Beaumont in the summer of 2009. Although he installed the roofing, Sifuentes says he was not paid for his work.

"The Plaintiff and Defendant agreed that Plaintiff would receive over $220,000 for the work performed," the suit filed June 21 in Jefferson County District Court states. "The parties agreed that 10% of the amount owed by Defendant would be paid by Plaintiff after the work was completed. During the course of completing said job, Defendant agreed to pay Plaintiff additional monies for extra jobs."

Between the 10 percent Hampshire Roofing initially kept and the additional money it agreed to pay Sifuentes, the company still owes Sifuentes more than $100,000, according to the complaint.

In his complaint, Sifuentes alleges theft of service, theft of property and breach of contract against Hampshire Roofing.

In addition to actual and special damages, Sifuentes is seeking costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by Norman L. Straub and Jonathan B. Zumwalt of Mestemaker and Straub in Houston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-114.

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