Unfortunately, in Jan. 2008, I came into contact with Steve Pannell in Chattanooga, TN. He stole $10,000 from me, $10,000 from my friend, $10,000 from a local doctor and $8,000 from my friend's mother within a 40 day period. Also within this period, he wrote bad checks to a local dumpster owner, Lowe's and other people. He is NOT a licensed contractor in any state, but will tell you he is licensed in 7-12 states.
I have found out that this man has been scamming and stealing from people for over 5 years in the following areas: St. Augustine, FLA, Blairsville and Blue Ridge, GA, Marietta, GA, Gattlinburg, TN, Maggie Valley, N.C., Guntersville, AL, Birmingham, AL and Chattanooga, TN. He has many scams but primarily, the scams deal with construction of new homes/businesses or remodel jobs or general carpentry.
He runs ads in the local paper where he rents a condo, advertising he can provide for home repairs or he finds women to scam to get jobs.
Steve starts dating a woman who is widowed or divorced. He dated my friend Mary. He tells this woman he is dating that he is in the contracting business and that his company needs to do remodel jobs at cost to take pictures for their website and showroom and does this woman know of anyone who could use a great and cheap remodel job. The woman he is dating introduces Steve to a friend or two to see if the friend would like to benefit from this great deal. While it sounds too good to be true, the person gives him cash to begin the job. He brings a team out to demolish, has a crew work on the property for a couple of days, and then walks away leaving the home owner with subcontractor leins on their home.
He has done some legitimate work and will use those people as a reference.
He is married to a woman named Billie Pannell. Everything is in his wife's name, his car, his phone, his condo and his utilities. He is currently driving a White Cadilac Escalade, TAG # AXM5756, Union Co., GA.
He has several cell phones from different area codes around the southeast. He currently has charges pending and outstanding warrants for minor frauds in several states. He has lawsuits pending in several states as well. I have a significant amount of information on this man and many other individuals that have been scammed by him.
The biggest problem that we have found is that none of the District Attorney's offices want to arrest this man, because they feel this is a civil matter and not a ciminal matter. He is stealing from the elderly and the weak and none of us can get anyone to arrest him. This is why so many of us are turning to the internet to try to prevent him from ripping off any more innocent people.