COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There are new developments Monday night in an ongoing I-team investigation into the abrupt closing of Vision Home Builders in Columbia County.
Several customers of the company say they are not pleased with the response they got from the state regarding complaints they filed against vision home builders.
There are a lot of moving and still unfolding parts to this story. Customers say they were hoping for a better response from the Pennsylvania Attorney’s General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
“I shook his hand the day we signed our contract. I’m from the old school where a handshake is worth a thousand words,” Robert Morgan told Eyewitness News on May 5, 2022.
That’s what Robert Morgan told Eyewitness News back on May 5, when the I-team met with him and his wife Carol, at the site of their new home construction near Washingtonville in Montour county. It was a grassy field with wooden stakes, where they hoped to have their dream home built.
But they as with more than a dozen customers say they were stunned when Vision Home Builders abruptly closed its doors in late April.
The morgans say they were left high and dry financially with nothing to show for it. They filed a complaint against the company with the State Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Seeking to have their money returned, around $50,000 dollars. The Morgans received a letter from the bureau indicating that Vision Home Builders made a settlement offer, but Carol Morgan says the settlement was unacceptable.
“They are offering us again less than what we paid for their services, for Morgans’ foundation work. Well, they haven’t even put a shovel into the ground,” said Carol Morgan, a customer of Vision Home Builders.
Morgan responded to the letter and expressed her disappointment.
“So I’m waiting to hear back from the Attorney Generals’ Office to hear what they have to say about my letter refuting everything that vision put in their letter,” said Carol Morgan.
A spokesperson for the state attorney general’s office responded to customer concerns.
Molly Stieber, the Press Secretary for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said in a statement:
“As I mentioned, mediation is voluntary on the part of the business. Our office works very hard to mediate complaints we receive from consumers, but we cannot force a business through mediation to engage in issues. The mediation process is separate from any investigation or legal action by our office. As I have said previously, we can neither confirm nor deny any investigation into this matter.”
Amber Bradshaw says she too received a letter from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection that indicated Vision Home Builders told the state that she owes the company some $30,000. She insists the company owes her around $130,000 dollars.
On, June 17 a confrontation ensued between McCreary and Bradshaw, and Eyewitness News got unexpectedly caught in the middle.
“Get out of here. You’re going to jail. No, you are, oh god,” Bradshaw and McCreary screamed to one another.
McCreary turned his attention to our Eyewitness News reporter Andy Mehalshick and our photograper L. Bacerra. That same day Eyewitness News went to the offices trying to once again speak with McCreary about customer concerns.
Again on June 17, McCreary charged at Eyewitness News in a fit of rage as I-Team reporter Andy Mehalshick tried to speak with him.
“My name is Andy Mehalshick, no reason for an assault. Don’t get physical,” I-Team reporter Andy Mehalshick stated.
McCreary now faces charges in Columbia County in connection with that confrontation, a hearing is set for August 1. There is also an active arrest warrant for McCreary in Dauphin County.
Mccreary is facing felony charges including home improvement fraud and theft by deception. Lower Paxton Township Police filed the charges in connection with another customer of Vision Home Builders.
Carol Morgan says she is also pushing for criminal charges to be filed in her case in Lycoming County as she met with state police Sunday in Montoursville.
Once again Eyewitness News reached out to McCreary’s attorney for comment on all of these developments.
A recorded message on the office phone indicated the office was closed Monday and they would return Tuesday.