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Judge rules contractor took advantage of Petersburg man in wheelchair

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 18:26:48-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Zach Savage said a local contractor who took advantage of him still owes him thousands of dollars.

Savage paid a local contractor thousands of dollars to revamp parts of his Petersburg home and make it more wheelchair accessible. He said he spent more than $20,000 on materials and paid Verrett Construction LLC more than $5,000 to build a ramp, remove walls, replace flooring and other work.

He wasn`t happy with the work and took William Verrett to court after he said crews stopped showing up and the owner stopped returning Savage`s calls.

“He really took advantage of me, it`s not right to do that, especially a person in my situation,” Savage said.

Savage filed suit in Petersburg Court and Verrett countersued Savage.

Zach Savage said a local contractor took advantage of him.

A Petersburg judge threw out the counterclaim after Savage presented pictures of the work. The judge awarded Savage a judgment for nearly $4,000.

That was more than four months ago, and he said Verrett  hasn`t paid him a dime.

Savage called CBS 6 Problem Solvers.

We stopped by and he and pointed out numerous problems that make it difficult for him to get around in his wheelchair.

“This floor is supposed to be level with this floor, you see the difference in it?” he said.

We went to the address listed for Verrett Construction LLC, but  no one was there.

By phone, the owner declined an on-camera interview and said he was out of town.

He acknowledged he still owes Savage the nearly $4,000 dollar judgment.

He also said he did his best to complete the work, and said that Savage became an irate customer who just couldn`t be satisfied.

Savage disagreed and said he just fought for having the work done right so he could live a comfortable life.

“He just took advantage of me, if I was up and around he wouldn`t have done it,” Savage said.

“I`m upset about what happened to me, just don`t want this to happen to anyone else,” he said.

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