• Report: #839155
Complaint Review:

Patriot Construction

  • Submitted: Tue, February 14, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, March 26, 2012

  • Reported By: DB — Berwyn Illinois United States of America
Patriot Construction
2305 W. Harrison Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Patriot Construction Robert Skertich HIRES PEOPLE, WORKS THEM AND DOESN'T PAY Chicago, Illinois

*General Comment: Robert Skertich is a con artist for way back

*Author of original report: Nice Try Robert

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Baseless post

*General Comment: I wouldn't trust Robert Skirtich with $1, let alone my roof

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Answer to your post.

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I was hired by Robert Skertich to do roofing/labor work on October 20, 2011.  I worked from 7AM to 2:30PM with a crew of newly hired Craig's List people such as myself (with the exception of his nephew).  When the work day was over we were told wait for our pay.  Since the economy is so bad and I was happy to have work, I waited....for an hour.  It is now December 22nd and yesterday, I was given a final confirmation from Robert Skertich that he was not paying me.

Going back to October: Starting the evening that I worked for Patriot Construction and for 6 days following, I contacted Robert Skertich and was repeatedly promised more work and definitely pay for that day.  Robert re-assured me that "there was no problem, he would never not pay his guys".  Sure enough, day after day, either I got VM or the same story....but no pay. 

On October 27th, my fiance got involved and got confirmation that Robert would send a check out that evening.  He told her to email him, she did this and requested the check number and amount he sent.  She received no response.  SURPRISE

On October 28th, my fiance called Robert and requested they set up a time that evening for her to meet him for my pay.  At 6:30PM, she arrived at his home office and at 7PM, Robert came outside said he had absolutely no money in his bank account, did not get payment from the customer and handed her a printed out estimate from the job site I worked at and said, "Here, call the customer, go to her house yourself, but don't go alone in that neighborhood". He walked away and went back into his house.

On November 1st, 2011, my fiance emailed him and asked for payment or she would be reporting him and starting a small claims suit.  He then called me and told me she was "psychotic and annoying" and then proceeded to email her and say "Good luck with your battle".


His last communication was to advise us to just wait for the money, he was filing a claim through the insurance company and he will pay everyone when he gets the check.

We backed off and waited until Dec. 21st.  When we emailed him, this was his response:

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I am out of business and moved out of state. Did not get paid from last 3 jobs.  You can take legal action against her. Under Unjust enrichment.


I feel bad for everyone. This woman would not even call me to let me take my tools back. She is in possession of over 2,500.00 in my tools.


Every other rip off report filed against Robert Skertich/Patriot Construction has been rebutted by Robert Skertich with the same BS: This is slander; This is our competition; This is my ex wife plotting against me; If whoever is filing this complaint will not give their contact information, obviously it is not true and we will sue you for slander!!!!! 

Well understand this, I am happy to give my contact information to ANYONE who wants to contact me.  I am happy to provide all the email documentation showing your responses to my request for payment for work I was hired by you to do.  I am happy to provide the Craigslist Ad you posted looking for workers and provide my cell phone history with documented calls/times to your number.  Please sue me....so I can get paid. 

And here is my personal opinion to everyone: I WOULD NOT ASSOCIATE WITH THIS COMPANY.....I WAS HIRED, WORKED AND DID NOT GET PAID.

 In addition, with regard to the customer (that Robert so professionally gave all of her personal information to me on): She would likely be very happy to share her opinion of the work that was provided by Patriot Construction/Robert Skertich.  As per our conversation, she was not so happy.

I have a family and you took an entire work day from me that I could have gone elsewhere and gotten paid.  Why else do people report companies like this?


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#1 General Comment

Robert Skertich is a con artist for way back

AUTHOR: Robertskertichisafraud - (USA)

 I too have been taken by this snake of a person.  Wrote me checks on a account that was no longer in existence.  When he gets knee deep in debt, he closes the business and opens up another one.  He has had Lincoln Park construction, Patriot Construction, and now he has Construction Management Services Group.  Here is a story about Robert Skertich frorm 1994 where he ripped off an old lady, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-10-20/news/9410200318_1_roof-skilled-workers-fraud-suit.  You should be ashamed of yourself Robert.  Do not use this man for any home, commercial business he will screw you over.

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#2 Author of original report

Nice Try Robert

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There comes a time where you just need to learn that silence is sometimes better than anything else. It has been how long????  3 1/2 years and you still want to debate this?   

Here is the fact.....You hired my husband, you didnt pay him and we didnt keep our mouths shut about it like you hoped.  Accept responsibility for goodness sake.  We have gotten over this and we were the ones stiffed!!! 

You apparently will never realize that your bad business practices and immoral and unethical behavior will eventually come back to bite you. Judging by several posts prior to mine and the continuing ones after, your lifestlye remains one of continued deceit and bad behavior.  It is one thing to make bad choices for your own life, but don't involve other people with your bad decisions.  There are actually honest people out there that work hard, pay bills and accept responsibilty for their behavior.   Fact is...YOU hire someone, YOU pay them.  YOU hit someones car, YOU fix it. Simple as that....Welcome to adulthood Robert!  Until you realize that YOU are the problem not everyone else YOU screwed over, you go right ahead continuing to blame the "disgruntled employee", "angry wife", "non paying homeowner" or whomever else you want to blame.  All I hear is a whiny immature man who makes excuses for bad behavior, POOR POOR YOU!  Well...Good luck with that attitude, it's worked for you so far so hey....why not keep going with it.  I kinda feel bad for you actually!  You will eventually not pay the wrong person or screw over the wrong homeowner who actually has the time and money to pursue you in court and then what?  Oh...let me guess, it was the judge's fault  LOL


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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Baseless post

AUTHOR: The Patriot Construction Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)

The complaint is a fabrication by an employee we fired. We have 18 employees and obviously put out payroll every Thursday. This post is baseless and meant to mislead clients.

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#4 General Comment

I wouldn't trust Robert Skirtich with $1, let alone my roof

AUTHOR: Customer - ()

Do not trust Robert Skirtich, he has no morals. While have not had the pleasure of hiring his company, I can attest that this guy resides at the lowest level of moral corruption. I am a college student and got rear-ended pretty badly by him in the middle of Chicago while he was on his cell phone. He asked me not to call the cops becasue he had just gotten a ticket and the cops still had his licence. He admitted fault and gave me all his insurance info, so I figured I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. I significantly regret my decision. After almost 1 year, I finally got my insurance deductible back, but not after insurance litigation and lawyers were involved. This guy was willing to cheat a college student, who was nice enough not to call the cops on him, of over $1000 of damages he caused. I can't think moral corruption can go much lower than that. I have no difficulty believing the original poster that this guy stole him of his payment. Also, look at his yelp page, this guy is a pathologic liar.

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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Answer to your post.

AUTHOR: The Patriot Construction Group, Inc. - (U.S.A.)

Yes, anyone who worked on this job and did not get paid should take the matter up with the owner. I was hired to supervise and this is a debt where her home was unjustly enriched. The neighborhood is so dangerous that I could not go back there and fight for my tools which she kept. Tools amounting to over $ 2,500.00 are still in her posession.

She will not answer our calls.

If this posting makes you feel better then for that I am happy. I am sorry for the misunderstanding.
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