I paid Aquatic Fitness Concepts $17,398.50 on 6-6-2011 as a half down payment for their swim spa. On that day and one other occaision I also paid Chuck Campos, their agent and sales person, $14,000 to install the swim spa. During the course of the next month, I was deceived regarding the need for permits and engineering analysis for the spa installation. Mr. Campos who works as an agent of aquatic fitness concepts is an unlicensed contractor. He sent workers to my home which were uninsured and unbonded thus putting me at great liability. He proceeded to dig a hole 24 feet long by 12 feet wide and 7 feet deep. The city stopped the job on July 25, 2011 and the spa has never been delivered or installed and both parties refuse to refund the $31,398.50 paid to them.
To date, I am left with a huge open gaping hole in my back yard. They not only hacked up my sprinkling system. [continued below]....
..... ruined my landscaping leaving tree roots exposed but have left my 1.2 million dollar home in peril of sliding down the slope if the hole is not re-filled prior to the oncoming rainy season. Professional contractors have advised me that filling the hole with a regualar swimming pool which costs in excess of $60,000 is my only solution as re-filling the hole with soil and re-landscaping will be even more costly.
Aquatic fitness maintains that they are not responsible for the deception caused by themselves and their agent, Chuck Campos. Aquatic Fitness Concepts claim that they were also duped by Chuck Campos but that they are not responsible. I beg to differ as does the law. On May 28, 2011 I was met by Chuck Campos at Aquatic fitness showroom and signed a contract with him for the downpayment of 17.395.50. Both his name and mine are on the Aquatic fitness contract. I also met the presidient of AFC on that day, John W Trzcinka, and was encouraged by him to utilize his salesman, Chuck Campos as the installer of the spa. It was pointed out to me that they only use the "best" and that was Mr. Campos. On June 6, 2011, Mr. Campos came to my home and assured me that neither permits or soil engineering would be required as my yard was "perfect" for a pre-fabricated spa. I paid Mr. campos the money and he made plans to start my job the following week.
Unfortunately, the lies and deception go on even further. Just days prior to the job starting, Mr. campos advises me that he is going out of the country. He then introduces me to his "partner' Rogelio Del Rios who will do the work. I am taken aback and concerned since I have already paid Campos. Later, I am to find out that these two are not partners. On June 15,2011 the demolition of my back yard begins. During the next week, I find that Del Rios license is under suspension and that he may not have liability insurance and that he is not a partner with campos. The situation continues to disintegrate as I find out that permits and licenses as well as soil engineering are required for a job of this magnitude. I express my concern to Campos and he assures me that he has been to the city and that permits are not required for a pre-fabricated spa. At that time, the news also reports a swim spa being dropped on a home as it was too heavy for the crane. I begin to become increasing concerned with their lack of professionalism and deceit. On July 25, the city shuts down the job due to lack of permits and hazardly conditions. Mr. Campos and Del Rio have left the 7 foot hole with no protective fencing. Indicating to me little regard for me or my childrens' and pets safety.
Presently, I have been offerred $5,000 by Mr. Trzcinka to go away and sign a waiver to release him from any liability. I am not able to find Mr. Campos and he has no money to pay me back anyway. I appreciate any help media or otherwise that I can get in this matter. I am a single mother who works hard for a living and do not have the $60,000 dollars plus to right the damage the these individuals have done to my home. I hope to warn any other hard working unsuspecting homeowners of my situation with hopes that they will not do business with such unsavory individuals.