June 15,2008 Dennis required $1800 down to be placed on a list to build me a 16x24 cabin. The contract stated 1/2 down by July 1.Upon signing the contract I told him I would need to check with my financial advisor as to the availability of my funds by that time. I had more than enough to build this cabin. I was told by my advisor I would lose considerable interest if I removed the money before July 1. I sent a certified letter to Dennis which he ignored.Later we spoke on the phone and he agreed to accept the money at a later date. July 4 he was paid $8000 and had not started the project. This was fine as we targeted the last of July or first of Aug. to begin. At that time we had discussed my purchasing some materials for the job and Dennis was trying to negotiate purchasing some equipment from me. This was to be deducted or in leiu of the remaining 1/2 down.
July 17, Dennis, not having equipment to deliver materials chose to use my trailer to purchase $702.91 worth of sheeting that sat for 44 days on my trailer.
Aug 4 he came with a helper and poured 12 sauna tubes for the footing.
Aug.18 Dennis applied for credit at the only lumber yard that carried the siding I requested. He was denied credit.
Aug.22 I purchased interior pine we had agreed on from a company going out of business. This saved a considerable amount. I needed to pay the company with a cashiers check for $387. I intended to return to pick up the flooring which was 16 ft. long but Dennis had my other trailer loaded with the sheeting and he made no arrangement to remove it. The company was eager to have the bundled lumber removed asap. I therefore was unable to purchase the flooring.
Aug 24 Dennis having applied for credit at the lumber yard, knew by now that his credit was denied. The company sent out his denial letter the next day . Dennis on this day left me a message that he was not constructing my cabin and that I should take the matter to an attorney. THE QUESTION BEING WHY DID HE NOT USE MY FUNDS TO PURCHASE????
Aug. 28 I RECEIVED A THREATENING CALL from. Dennis telling me he would get me and my ranch! I have just 20 acres!!!
Aug.29 Dept. of Labor visited the site where he had been working and learned that he was registered as a mason and not for construction. They ask if he would change it and his reply was that he is working out of state. That is doubtful.
Sept. 4 Being a woman and 68 yrs. old I immediately applied for a concealed carry permit renewal .
I have demanded return of my money as has my attorney. Dennis was served with a summons and we are now awaiting an answer.
I have requested that the county attorney investigate this as felony theft. The may believe that I breached this contract. I assure them that this contract was in writing as well as verbal which I am told stands up in Mt. court. I have all evidences of such verbal and receipts for purchase of materials. I feel confident I will win in civil court but the problem is this man lives with and hides behind a womans skirt with I am certain everything in her name. I have little doubt I will see any moneys until this is tried criminally.
Bozeman, Mt. 59772, Montana