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Complaint Review: TechBuilt Remodel, James Allen Jordan, Also Goes By Jim, His Partner Steve Klimowski

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  • Submitted: Wed, January 30, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, July 15, 2012

  • Reported By:saratoga California
TechBuilt Remodel, James Allen Jordan, Also Goes By Jim, His Partner Steve Klimowski
3505 Edison Way Menlo Park, Ca 94025 Saratoga, Redwood City, Menlo Park, San Francisco, Los Gatos, California U.S.A.

TechBuilt Remodel, James Jordan, Steve TechBuilt Remodel, James Allen Jordan, Also Goes By Jim, His Partner Steve TechBuilt Remodel, James Allen Jordan, Al Contractor Remodel FRAUD. Took Money. Made fake invoices. Never returned to finish job! Saratoga, Redwood City, Menlo Park, San Francisco, Los Gatos California

*Consumer Suggestion: Second Chances

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Response to Complaint

*Consumer Comment: James Jordan is now a fugitive from justice

*Author of original report: JAMES ALLEN JORDAN IS IN THE MARIN COUNTY JAIL

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So I hired a contractor off craigslist.com to do 2 bathroom remodels in my home. He came and gave me a great estimate and after having numerous others come out, we chose him. We signed a contract and he stated he had a license(681215). He then took me to a home he was still working on to show me his tile work. The home was beautiful and the tile work was lovely. He then also showed me numerous pictures of previous jobs he had done. He also had a website which conveniently was taken down the day he "disappeared". The website was www.phxcabinets.com his partner has a VERY similar website called www.bacabinets.com. So I thought this guy was legit. I paid him half of the $5700 up front. I now know this was ridiculous.

So the first day he was due to show up, he was 3 hours late, I called him numerous times and finally blocked my number and called again. Guess what? He picked up. He was absolutely shocked to hear my voice and proceeded to tell me that he was just about to call! Yea sure. He came to my house 2 hours later with some story that his ex-wife had run into his garage door in the middle of the night. I felt sorry for him and his situation and told him that I wanted additional information if he was to have the job.

I copied his CA state I.D. card, his car's license plate number, and some license for his cabinetry business. The next day he showed up on time and brought a hispanic man with him to do the tear out of the bathroom. The hispanic man did all the work! For 3 days.

Next, the contractor whose name is James Allen Jordan and supposedly lives in San Francisco brought in his "business partner". His name is Steve Klimowski. He came in and out with James and did some small things. He eventually installed 2 recessed lighting cans. By now it had been a week and the first bathroom was supposed to be finished. James told me that the tile was on backorder and could be picked up next week.

So after the weekend, on Monday, James never showed up. Numerous calls and No response. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. So Tuesday morning I continue to call and after a couple rings he forwards my call to voicemail, just like he had done before. About 15 minutes late I then call James on a blocked number . Guess what. He picks up! Once he heard my voice, he hung up. That was the last straw for me. I knew that I had just been taken. But It definitely does not end here sadly.

I looked through the invoices James had given me for tile, a seamless shower door, and a granite counter top. I called the company ( Da Vinci Tile in San Mateo) and gave them the Invoice number. Guess what, the invoice is a fake, it was just a quote. No one ever paid for the tile despite the large Red stamp across the invoice that said "paid". I faked the tile company the invoice and they told me that they do not use stamps and basically that this paper was just a quote not an actual invoice.

The same happened with the shower door. The funny part was it wasn't until he didn't show up did I notice that the invoice from the shower company and the invoice from the tile company had the same "PAID" stamp. Stupid me!

Now for some twists to the story. So while doing the remodel he took me to East Star Building Supply In Sunnyvale. I purchased a custom vanity and a marble top from them. So I called the company and asked if they remembered who I was and if they knew the contractor. They did know who he was and said he had done business with them before. Although they did elude to the fact that he had some type of troubles before. They told me they had the same number to reach him and would try to reach him as well. They also gave me the number to his partner which I did not have previously. I proceeded to call his partner who did not answer until about 5 hours later and numerous calls later. He told me he had no idea what was going on and that he hadn't talked to James since they were at my home. He stated that this behavior of not showing up was typical. He also stated that he had never heard of James making up fake invoices. He knew he was unreliable but not fraudulent.

Steve continued to state that he was actually not James partner. Also he said that the address on the contract was his and not James. James apparently had no business and was trying to use his friends address. Steve then became concerned that he was now very involved in this situation. I still do not trust Steve. Steve stated that they were just business friends and that they had thrown each other jobs for the past 3 years. I asked where James actually lived and he did not know an exact address.. Gee ....

So after that I decided to go back to the home where James took me the first day I met him. Upon arrival there were some other contractors there doing there own work. I talked with one and he stated that he knew of James but did not know him personally. He also stated that James never finished the job and was not answering calls as well.

So hear I sit, I have filed a police report. I have his name, a possible address, a photo copy of a CA I.D. card, his finger print from when he cashed my check and the bank, and his license number off his car. I will find him.

But how do I start to do this? How do I file a small claims case? Can I include his friend Steve in case?
In total I am out $5,250. ($2750 for the 1/2 deposit, $1300 for a non-existent shower door, and $1200 for non-existent tile)

If anyone has any advice or a similar situation your help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading.

Shockandawe
saratoga, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/30/2008 12:15 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/TechBuilt-Remodel-James-Allen-Jordan-Also-Goes-By-Jim-His-Partner-Steve-Klimowski/Saratoga-Redwood-City-Menlo-Park-San-Francisco-Los-Gatos-California-95070/TechBuilt-Remodel-James-Jordan-Steve-TechBuilt-Remodel-James-Allen-Jordan-Also-Goes-By-304498. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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AUTHOR: oldsurfer57 - (United States of America)

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AUTHOR: jjordansf - (United States of America)

Hello, I am writing in response to the complaint filed against me several years ago. I guess I could go into a very in-depth explanation but I will just try and keep it short and simple. At that time in my career I was extremely over worked due to my poor time management. I had taken on too many projects at one time and under priced several of those projects. At one point I was using money made on one job to try and complete the other jobs. Even though those times were several years ago I still feel bad that I left some people hanging and was unable to finish their project. I was sued and have made restitution payments where necessary. I am still under advice with my attorney so I am limited to what I can talk about. But I guess i just want to say I am sorry to those that were effected my poor business management. In the Bay Area I have many clients that are happy with my services and the quality of my work.  I guess the most important thing I would like to say is that I had a friend by the name of Steve Klimowski that worked for me for a while back then. He absolutely had nothing to do with the problems and issues I had. If anything he was trying to help me finish projects that I was behind on. Steve Klimowski is and always has been very professional and honest and to this day I have never heard of one complaint about him. So I am very dissappointed that his name shows up in the complaint against me. I hope to take steps with this website and my attorney to try and have his name removed from this complaint.  Thanks for your time.  Sincerely, James Allen Jordan
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James Jordan is now a fugitive from justice

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Jordan has jumped bond and has a warrant issued for his arrest. If you have any information as to his whereabouts you should contact Aladdin Bail Bonds in San Rafael, California---- 415-491-2201
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JAMES ALLEN JORDAN IS IN THE MARIN COUNTY JAIL

AUTHOR: Shockandawe - (U.S.A.)

James was caught recently on other charges and will soon be transferred to the Santa Clara County Jail to face theft charges. It is imperative that others victims come forward as there are many. File a police report and then contact the District Attorney's Offices so your charges can be added. He deserves a heavier sentence than 10 days !
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