Report: #238864

Complaint Review: Dennis Rae Fine ARt

  • Submitted: Mon, March 12, 2007
  • Updated: Tue, December 02, 2008
  • Reported By: Long Beach California
  • Dennis Rae Fine ARt
    781 Beach St.,
    San Francisco, California

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I bought my first place in August. Unfortunately, my a*s't Principal's husband, who was supposed to be a big-time contractor, suddenly became available to "help." Therein lies the problem. Henry Schach, AKA Natalie Schach Construction, AKA Dennis Rae Fine Art, AKA PSA Imports has $55,000 from me and I have no kitchen or bath or any completed work in a one-bedroom condo.

He packed up his stuff and left after he ran my credit card to the limit. He put $20,000 in charges on my AmEX without permission after he became angry and required me to sign slips to receive return of personal property, which was not ever completely returned. His wife said to "do what I need to do" and that she doesn't know anything about construction and doesn't want to be involved. Thanks for the recommendation. Unbelieveable!

Henry ran the $20,000 charges in my AmEx through Dennis Rae Fine Art. He and his son, David, who works at Dennis Rae Fine Art, created a fraudulent invoice to back-up the charges to AmEX. DRFA represents big name artists and the fake invoice and Henry's dishonest notes state that the "materials" were ordered directly from DRFA. The accompanying notes also claim that Henry Schach and Dennis Rae Fine Art are one and the same. It also claims that items were "ordered directly from DRFA" and the delivery was subcontracted through Henry Schach.
They listed things I'd been billed for in the first $35,000, which was a ridiculous amount for what was accomplished.

I've learned Henry's had other difficulties. Also, he has no license. He emailed photos of fabulous houses that he said he'd done and he and Barbara stated that he works on high-end properties.

Anyway, he turned out to be a complete bully and psycho who has a hit-list that goes back to his dealings with Peter Uberroth and the 1984 Olympics. He has a large workshop and appears legitimate. He pays his workers only in cash and a week behind. He refuses to pay them if he gets mad at them. Also, he has them buy materials from their own pockets and won't reimburse if he has a tiff with them. Sends email all in caps when he's angry. Routinely makes condescending and manipulative comments.

I've never received a copy of even one receipt from the guy. Henry made excuses for not filling out the condo association papers, but failed to mentioned that he couldn't fill them out because he's not licensed. Sold my original cabinets for $500 and pocketed the funds. Failed to return personal goods or goods that came out of my place originally.

How he can go through $55,000 and not complete a single job in a one-bedroom condo is beyond me. I'm also amazed that he's made absolutely no effort to return my belongings or get any receipts to me. Obviously he's hiding something. . . . It's always everyone else's fault, by the way.

Dennis Rae Fine Art has supported Henry's unethical behavior.

Long Beach, California
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#1 Author of original report


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

David Schach has stated that he never meant to involve Dennis Rae Fine Art in the events described herein. David Schach and I have agreed to resolve our dispute, and I have no complaints regarding Dennis Rae Fine Art.
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#2 Author of original report

Dennis Rae Fine Art, David Schach, Henry Schach, Natalie Schach Construction Svcs., PSA Imports

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

Henry Schach, David Schach, Dennis Rae Fine Art, PSA Imports, Natalie Schach Construction Svcs.

When Henry abandoned my project, he left to help his son, David, and David's partner, Rossanna, the actress/singer, build their architectural, modern, wonder-of-a-house in the San Francisco area. This is the same son, David, who works at Dennis Rae Fine Art and supported his father in his unlicensed contractor fraud by creating and submitting fake documents and false statements to American Express after I disputed the $20,000. . . Henry's wife and David's mom, my Assistant Principal who hooked me up with this man, who I regret letting in my life, emailed a copy of the Architect's 3D model of the home to me about the time that Henry became suddenly available to 'help' with my place. Most honorable the way she turned her back on me, stating that she 'isn't involved' and 'doesn't have a key or checkbook for the place,' after it was her referral and she continued offering up his name to school district employees, even after he made a complete mess of my place and finances . . .

Henry called me at the school where I working, yelling and tremendously angry that I had disputed the $20,000 he placed on my American Express, never having called me prior to making any charges, making some charges, without notice, immediately after I left his 'workshop' and charging my card to the limit after he became angry when one of his employees came by on a weekend to help me clean up the mess at my place. Also refused to provide any supporting paperwork, and failed to finish even one thing that he promised.

Later he called back and yelled at the school secretary. This was followed with email notes threatening me with all the things he'd do to me if I didn't immediately release the $20,000 back to his 'son's account.' An obvious attempt to intimidate me because he has no legal standing since he's been working illegally. Just the same, this was somewhat unnerving, having come from someone who told me he has a "hit list" of five people he'd kill if he knew he would die tomorrow.

Henry left me with not even the smallest part of the job complete and my place completely torn apart. There is absolutely no excuse. (He says it's my fault!) This is a one bedroom, one bathroom, approx. 750 sq. ft place with a small yard. Total collected $35,000.00 cash, $20,000 on American Express Optima, sold things that came out of my place and kept the money and refused to return personal property and things that came from my place, even after multiple requests. Makes excuses for everything and it's always someone else's fault.

The last day that I saw Henry, I went by his 'workshop' to collect things that I'd ordered and paid for myself that were stored there, waiting to be installed at my place, as well as personal property that he suggested I store there when I moved out of my apartment. Henry was packing to leave very soon for San Francisco to help David and Rossanna with their house and Henry's wife had told me that I needed to get my things quickly. Since then, Henry's spent over a year in San Francisco, helping David and Rossanna build their house. Well, except for leaving the lower 48 to attend his daughter's beach wedding in Hawaii last June.

Among other memorable statements, Henry mumbled, 'I don't suppose anything legally can be done,' just before I left his 'workshop' that last day. Here's another one. When I asked Henry to help me haul two screen doors and one window screen to my place, he stated, 'We make everything ourselves because we don't trust anyone.' I not sure why it was so hard to pick-up a few screens at Home Depot or Lowe's and help me put them in. Same statement was received in response to the cat fencing that I found online and asked him to order and install.

So, shortly thereafter, my charming kitty got out and over the wall and was killed. I'm guessing that he likes to 'make' everything so he can keep charging and drag out the job. The winner statement was telling me that I got 'good value' for my money. Completely delusional. Henry tried to belittle and manipulate me by stating multiple times that he had reduced my job to 'non-profit' status at the same time as he charged me double what he paid his workers and kept the rest for himself. A licensed contractor stated that, while legal contractors may do that, the rest goes mainly goes to taxes, workman's comp, etc. Remember, both he and his wife refer to his work as 'high-end' and, at school, she would talk about his employees by name. In fact, a smarmy, unlicensed contractor.

One day at school, his wife had blurted out, 'He's supposed to be working on his contractor's license so he can help his son with his house.' That's how I found out that he's unlicensed. Later, his wife stated that he usually works under the 'owner/builder' arrangement, which, according to the guidelines I've seen, he must have worked illegally under that arrangement, too.

When I left my condo paperwork at the work-site for Henry to fill out, no one showed up at my place for days. I'd emailed him and told him about it. Finally I spoke with Henry and he told me his guys were working at his 'workshop.' Later they told me that he'd been terribly worried when confronted with the paperwork. His excuse to me for not filling out the paperwork was that he doesn't carry workman's comp on jobs 'this small.' Failed to mention that the real reason was that he doesn't have a contractor's license and it asked for his license number. He further stated that 'they don't seem to be bothering us, so let's go quietly about our business.' Mr. Illegal.

Granted I let Henry walk all over me and he took complete advantage of the situation. I had no idea how to handle my Assistant Principal's moody, uncommunicative husband and she had spoken so highly of him, calling his work "high-end" and naming exclusive locations where he worked and taking about his workers by name. He'd emailed photos of beautiful places whose work he was involved with in some fashion. Well, I was clueless on how to handle him and kept trying to have faith that he'd make good on things. In the end, she told me that I should try being "nice" and perhaps he'd do something more on my place.

I later learned that he pays his employees in cash, a week behind and, according to his workers, has refused to pay people when he's gotten mad at them. A personal public records search turned up a disappointing pattern. Remember it's always someone else's fault with this guy and his son, David, seems like a chip off the block. Who in the world would make up a clearly fake invoice and write obviously false statements and submit them to American Express, even adding false and misleading information when I disputed the charges multiple times??

Well, David Schach, Henry's son, even using a Dennis Rae Fine Arts invoice on which he listed various broad categories of construction materials, omitting a date, invoice number, etc. Dennis Rae Fine Art sells the work of noted artists. Who knew?? David claimed that i had ordered these "materials" directly from DRFA. In writing. And sent that to AmEx. Amazing what people will do! Absolutely unbelievable and utterly unethical.
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#3 Author of original report

Dennis Rae Fine Art - Fraud - San Francisco

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

This refers to Dennis Rae Fine Art, located in San Francisco, California.
782 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

David Schach, Henry's son, ran the charges through Dennis Rae Fine Art and created the fake documents and false statements that were submitted to American Express.
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Dennis Rae Fine Art, David Schach, Henry Schach - Fraud

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

I've disputed the charges that Henry and David placed on my American Express several times. Each time, Dennis Rae Fine Art (David Schach acting as their agent) adds an additional false or misleading statement or bogus information to the response that they submit to American Express. American Express forwarded copies of everything. It will be interesting when the Contractor's Board and Courts get to dealing with their shockingly obvious fraudulent actions. I'm still amazed by what people will do.

Text of comments to American Express follows:

"The following charges were made in agreement with the client. We have a no refund policy clearly stated at the bottom of each slip. The most we can offer is inhouse credit toward future items. All items were ordered directly with Dennis Rae Fine ARt and subcontracted for delivery with Henry Schach in Los Angeles. The contract (or) and merchant are the same and correct. In addition, all slips were signed and her card was returned at that time. I have tried to offer her credit in house but she won't respond."

The fake invoice that David and Henry concocted listed broad categories of construction materials (most that I either had paid for in the first $35,000 cash that I gave Henry or ordered myself) and states that charges are for "materials only." (Hoping unlicensed contactors don't have to return money for materials. Sorry. They have to return it all. Read the law. Plus they lied in the things they listed.) CA business code states that, because Henry's unlicensed, I can sue him in court for every penny back, which I will, along with David Schach and Dennis Rae Fine Art for fraud. And distress. I disputed those charges numerous times and David added another falsehood to it each time. Amazing! . . .The Contractor's Board and the Courts will see right through what they have done.

First, I made a reasonable offer, asking for half the money back. Henry finished nothing and nothing was remotely close to finished when he charged my American Express Optima to the limit, collecting a total of over $55,000 (This is a one bedroom, one bath condo) and left to go to San Francisco to help David build his fabulous house. According to California law, I don't even have to prove that Henry did crummy work, which he did. Or that he handled things unethically. Which he did. He's unlicensed so he has to return the money. And, he involved his son, David and Dennis Rae Fine Art. Sounds like conspiracy to me. Conspiracy to defraud, in fact. First they received a generous offer.

Then a few attorney letters. Now on to other things. David even continued to dispute things with American Express after receiving letters from my attorney informing him and his attorney of CA Business Codes related to unlicensed contractors. Apparently he thinks that the Contractor's Board and Courts will think that I ordered a toilet "directly from Dennis Rae Fine Art" as he claimed on the statements to American Express.
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