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Six Lakes woman out $3,500 after hiring contractor for repairs

Posted at 11:31 PM, Nov 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-10 23:31:33-05

SIX LAKES, Mich. -- Dixie Hegenauer needed work done on a 100-year-old barn she owns after a stone wall supporting the structure started caving in.

The 73-year-old hired Troy Burke for the repairs and paid him $3,500 up front.

She says the barn still isn't fixed, and she hasn't received her money back.

"I think that when you’re in business you have to live on a higher standard, because you are working on other peoples' things," she said.

Burke says he stopped working on the barn because Hegenauer's son, who is also a contractor, confronted him about the work and made his working environment uncomfortable.

"The few times I dealt with her, she broke into tears a couple of times, and refer back to her son, and it was too confused to come to a conclusion," he said.

Hegenauer said if she had it to do all over again, she would have done a little more homework and made sure her contractor was licensed.

"I just don't want anybody else taken advantage of, and I think the cost of hiring an attorney and going after someone that is not licensed would be very difficult," she said.