May 30, 2024
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By AMY RENEE LEIKER

According to a complaint from a Wichita client, the business owner and his employees did not complete roof work this past year.

Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office now demands payment from the company.

Brett S. Olivier owns Mid-Continent Roofing and Restoration LLC, a Wichita-based company. The petition, filed June 21 in Sedgwick County District Court alleges that Olivier and his employees committed unlawful acts and practices when they did not perform work or provide services to a Wichita-area man who was referred there by a mutual friend. In this petition, it was alleged that Mid-Continent, owned by Brett S. Olivier, had broken the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. It is meant to protect consumers from deceptive business practices, fraud, and other unconscionable acts.

The Eagle’s phone number was inactive when The Eagle tried to call it. Olivier also couldn’t respond to multiple email requests. Olivier or his company hadn’t responded by Friday to the DA’s lawsuit. No lawyers had been listed.

Jason Roach of the Consumer Protection Division at the DA stated in an email dated 19 July that the customer hadn’t been refunded by either Mid-Continent or Olivier.

Roach explained that due to the fact that Olivier and his company complied with an demand letter, two more consumer complaints were settled. At this time, neither of these businesses is being investigated.

Roach said, “We try to work with business to resolve customer complaints.” But, sometimes litigation is necessary to protect the public and hold businesses accountable.

The petition from the DA states:

Following a meeting with Olivier, and Mid-Continent the Wichita gentleman wrote a personal cheque for $13,205.65 on October 25, 2022 to them.

Olivier said that he would complete the contract by the 17th of February.

Mid-Continent & Olivier, however, did not complete the contract that weekend. Olivier promised the customer that he would finish it next weekend.

The reliable roofing contractor was not covered by a permit issued through the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department.

The 21st of February, he asked for a refund but was turned down.

Olivier finally referred his customer to a different reliable residential roofing company for the completion of the project. The roofer ordered the materials but referred them to another company for labor and gutter installations. The roofer requested that the customer pay the labor and gutter companies directly, which totaled $12,204.78.

A man in April of 2023 filed a lawsuit against Mid-Continent & Olivier.

Olivier, in an email dated 6 May to a DA’s Office investigation said that “a refund will be given” if customers provide “receipts of the crew and the materials paid.” Olivier did not comply with a request from the DA office for a complete refund.

Mid-Continent, Olivier and other companies are accused of violating Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The District Attorney is asking for a $20,000 fine and that the money be refunded to the customers.

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