Contractor accused of taking $3,000 deposit and disappearing

Posted at 11:24 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 23:25:14-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Mahogany Smith said when she noticed her roof leaking she called around for a contractor. In August, she said Scott Voag with S & V Handyman Construction in Battle Creek answered the call and gave her the best quote.

"He gave me an estimate for $6,000, and so he would need 3,000 to start and 3,000 once he finished," she said.

The Battle Creek resident said Voag draped a tarp as a temporary fix and came back for her cash deposit. However, she said he soon became unresponsive and rarely returned a call or text.

"So I got really worried, and I start calling the city," she recalled. Smith said she asked if Voag pulled a permit for work at her address.

"The city told me, 'No, no permit was pulled,''" she recalled.

As for the materials, she showed the FOX 17 Problem Solvers a text that Voag sent her on October 6th. He stated he ordered the materials, and it would be a few days for them to be delivered. But Smith said nothing ever came. She, once again, demanded her money back.

"And he was just like, 'I'll send you a check in the mail in two weeks,'" Smith said, "and I haven't heard from him since."

So she reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers to dig into this. We found out the business address listed on her contract with Voag is Chris Wilcox's mother's home.

Wilcox said Voag did some work on the home, including the roof. He said Voag lived inside a camper in the backyard for a short time.

Wilcox said he 'not surprised' at the accusations Voag faces because of his background. He has a lengthy criminal rap sheet across Michigan and four other states. Charges ranged from carrying a concealed weapon, stealing from a person and being a fugitive from justice.

The FOX 17 Problem Solvers called Voag multiple times for his side of the story and look forward to hearing it.

Smith said, "I don't want to hold any grudges or anything. I just want my money back."

She said she came up with even more money for a reputable company to fix the leaky portion of her roof.