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    Tim Browning came to Motel as Roofing Contractor and Signed Contract to Re-Do @ Building Metal Roof for $ 35,000 we gave him $ 20,000. Advance Check to buy Material he has't answer call since it more than 30 days

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    • My demands: need to finish job we are taking Legal Action
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $20,000.00
    Aug 07, 2017
    Complaint #: 2710
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  • Roof repair, paid half down and Contractor no show


    On August 23, 2016, Tim Browning (owner) of Illiana Roofing and Development came to our house with a contract to start and replace our roof. Paid Tim Browning $3500.00 down as requested. Have contacted Tim Browning several times to get a start date on the roof as promised, every time gave a date to start he is an NO SHOW. This has been going on for almost 4 months.

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    • My demands: Refund of money in full, and Tim Browning`s company reported
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $3,500.00
    • Agents: Tim Browning
    • Phone: 765-299-4859
    Dec 04, 2016
    Complaint #: 2264
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  • Robbed by a bricklayer


    I needed some repairs to the brickwork on my chimney. I ask a friend who is a bricklayer to look this over and said that he is way too busy to repair my chimney. He vouched for his friend who also a bricklayer and he gave me an estimate of $1600 dollars with half down for supplies and I gave him a check for $800 dollars and he returned the check saying that his new estimate is now $2000 dollars with half down of $1000 for supplies. He informed me that he is desperate for more money and he used my money pay his bills and he has nothing left to buy my supplies. So I paid him with a check for $1000 and returned with a small load of bricks and other stuff. He then said that the supplies cost $1000 dollars and he has no money to rent the scaffolding he said they want $1000 deposit with the money coming back after the work is done. I gave him $1000 dollars and never saw him again. My friend who vouched for him went looking for him. His roommate claimed that he threw him out after he and his teenage girlfriend spent a large sum of money on crack cocaine and bragging how he ripped off an old guy.He never planned to do the work. I tried to call him over and over again he would tell he will do the work the following Saturday but never came. Then I called him once more and his neighbor answer the phone and said he paid $30 to Allen for his phone. Today I got a pile of bricks sitting on my garage floor.

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    • My demands: Do the job or return my money.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $3,000.00
    • Agents: Allen Bratcher
    Sep 27, 2016
    Complaint #: 2046
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    Additional information
    His license num. B632051488917


    Had some hail damage on my house. got an estimate to fix from who i thought was a longtime family friend. he asked for half upfront to buy materials. other half payable on completion of project. he has yet to even half way finish the project and its been over 2 months since he started. i have had to deal with every excuse in the book. from being in jail because of old traffic tickets, to sickness twice to a broken down vehicle to family members being sick also. he has told me on several occasions i will be at your house first thing in the morning and be there working all day and still he never shows up. my house and yard are in disarray because he hasn't finished the job. i guess i will call the cops i don't know what else to do besides also kicking his butt which i have thought off.

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    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $2,600.00
    • Agents: Edward Patterson
    • Phone: 210-584-3032
    Jul 13, 2016
    Complaint #: 1704
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Sep 27, 2017 12:12 PM

We had Mr. Browning as Illiana Roofing contracted to install a metal roof on our home in Huntington beginning August 14, 2017. Paid him $2,500.00 down early July. No show on 8/14 noted him at motel under different company name. Gave several new start dates finally we said return our money. He said he couldn't until 9/27. Now the last two days he no longer responds to us. We'll be filing in small claims court.

Denise Beard

May 16, 2017 9:18 PM

I will also say stay far away from Tim browning of illiana roofing. We signed a contract for a metal roof. After about 30 days the roof had been started (weeks after the contract stated) after 45 days the home was condemned and I found out NO permits were pulled, and he was not licensed or bonded in the town as HAS to be, per county rules. SIX code violations from the poor work that was actually done. After agreeing to refund my money he backed out and we are headed to small claims.. apparently this happens quite frequently as there are multiple cases open against him.