Settlement Damage Scam on Multiple Elderly Homeowners
This story is not exactly within our ongoing discussion regarding sinkholes, but it is worth mentioning for several reasons. Property coverage insurance lawyer Ted Corless, my former boss, is coming to the aid of victimized homeowners, so I wanted to share this story.
A guy by the name Nick Stanko claims he could seal people’s driveways using common house paint, and charged most of his elderly victims between $2,500 and $5,000. He has been charged in multiple counties with fraud, and has been sued many times in several states. As you can see from the attached video link, Stanko is a real “charmer.”
Ted Corless is getting involved in a pro bono (that’s free) capacity, representing as many as 71 homeowners in about 5 counties, to see if he can shut this guy down or make him resolve the problems so many of these people are having.
I know from my experience that cracking, settlement damage, or subsidence at homes cannot be resolved by simply painting the cracks. You have to resolve the problem be it related to sinkholes, clay damage, or construction defects. Taking money from elderly people and then painting their driveways for such large sums of money appears to be getting Mr. Stanko into a lot of heat.
The real story here: Don’t let anyone tell you that a settlement problem at your home can be resolved with a quick, easy fix.
Make sure to see their occupational license and make sure they have the necessary background to complete the repairs. Also, if you know anyone who has encountered Stanko and is having problems, let me know and I will get your information to Corless, or you can contact Corless Zinober directly.