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BBB Alert: Brian Ecker, Cited In 2007 Fraud Case, Faces Complaints On Buildings Of Steel

The BBB is alerting the public to complaints about Brian Ecker, a contractor cited in a 2007 fraud case, who is now doing business under the name Brian Thomas and Buildings of Steel.

Brian Ecker, a contractor cited in a 2007 lawsuit for defrauding area consumers of nearly $90,000, is again prompting a rash of complaints to the Better Business Bureau for failure to complete work or provide refunds.

Ecker, former owner of B&C Custom Pools, has recently been using the name Brian Thomas and operating a company called Buildings of Steel.

Consumers tell the BBB that they have paid Ecker sums ranging from $1,250 to $15,000 for construction work that has never been completed. The victims include a quadriplegic who paid $15,000 for a wheelchair ramp that was just 20 percent complete when Ecker quit working on it.

Consumers also tell the BBB That Ecker failed to refund money he was ordered to pay in the 2007 lawsuit in St. Charles County. A judge ordered the repayments and banned Ecker from the pool business as well as from accepting funds from consumers "in any commercial context whatsoever."

Today's BBB press release summarizes complaints filed recently against Ecker and Buildings of Steel.

The BBB has these tips for consumer to consider if they're planning to hire a contractor.

  • Be cautious about hiring contractors through classified listings such as Craigslist. It is usually best to deal with a company in your area with a solid track record.
  • Ask for references and contact them to learn about the company’s work.
  • Make sure you have a signed, written contract, spelling out the work to be performed.
  • Don’t be fooled by professional-looking websites and online testimonials. Such testimonials are easily fabricated.
  • If you have any concerns about a contractor, ask to visit its offices or showroom to help assure yourself that it is a legitimate business.
  • Do not pay the full contract amount until the work is completed to your satisfaction.
  • Check BBB Business Reviews at www.bbb.org or by calling 314-645-3300.

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Nancy Bartlett January 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
This man only left a hole in the man's yard so it looked like he was trying to do the work and he was really interested in doing it. It was only a ploy for the legal system to go easy on him as if he really wanted to do the work. He is a con man, put him in jail before he opens another business. The reporter found him at home, so get him before he flees.
Gary Fraily April 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM
His home is in St . Peters 48 Oak Hill Lane . His 314 323- 7647 he is with S&L Property Solutions based from St Charles / Wentzville area . He is a sociopath con artist . He is living with Robin Kroeger .She is a real estate investor . Beware of these scam artists on St Charles Real Estate Boards and St Louis Real Estate message boards . They buy and flip houses . He rehabs some of them .It will be faulty work this man has no degrees in any area. He has been convicted of many crimes . He always gets out of it somehow. He has record of defrauding since 1994 . Public records do not do business with these people . He has been caught by police with drugs . How is this man free to defraud more people and con again Mr D
Gary Fraily April 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM
S & L PROPERTY SOLUTIONS and BUILDINGS OF STEEL ETC. File lawsuits to get your money back from Brian Thomas Ecker 314 323-7647 I caught this drug addict criminal . .....
Gary Fraily April 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Snloropertysolutions@gmail .com help put Brian Ecker away for his crimes or never be able to fraud or con anyone again
tom May 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Brian Thomas and Robin Kroeger are con artists that will rip you off . They will promise you a home of your dreams . It will be a nightmare . Save your money and your time don't to business with these people.
tom May 03, 2013 at 12:08 PM
This man was just arrested at his home he shares with Robin Kroeger Payeur located st 48 Oak Hill Lane . He will move and hideout your neighborhood could be next. He is out to con more people . He steals and frauds people I investigated this man . He will lie to anyone about everything to con you . His children are victims of this man . He needs to be put away He is a bisexual who will con women or men with his flattery . His lover was arrested for making meth in St. Louis City at his business address for his company Buildings of Steel Sect. His mother helps him scam people beware of their false references . I went to his home in St Louis County his family had no clue of his doings.. He disappeared they haven't heard from him had no idea that he lived with a married woman who was helping him fraud more people into buying homes of their dream . Do not trust this man or woman under any circumstance. Beware of S&L Property Solutions. He is running this company after he was caught fraud under his previous company.

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