We hired Steve Pannell as the General Contractor to finish our basement in Blue Ridge, Georgia because he promised to bring "buyers" from Florida. Steve insisted that money be paid in advance for the initial materials and labor. He appeared to be legitimate because some materials were actually delivered and subcontractors showed up to start the work. Steve continuously insisted that additional money needed to be wired to his account. We refused.
In order to continue the con, he actually paid for enough materials to start the job but then he would not pay the local subcontractors for the labor already performed from his up-front payment. Ultimately, Steve unconscionably took our money, never paid all the contractors, liens were placed on our home and wasted a lot of our time.
Steve is a white male about 5'11" (190 - 200 lbs) in his early to mid 40's with Green eyes and salt & pepper hair. He speaks with a strong Southern drawl and has a scar on his cheek and a mole over his left eye. He was last seen driving a white Cadillac Escalade with Union County tags from Georgia. His wife's name is Billie.
Steve has claimed to work for all of the following companies in an effort to prove legitimacy. He usually has his Nephew, Kevin Foster working with him.
Heritage Log Homes
Hillside Log Homes
Lendel Cedar Log Homes
Liberty Mountain Homes
Liberty Log Cabins
Blue Ridge Log Cabins, LLC
Old World Contracting
Top Notch Log Cabins
Contracting without Certification in Florida and Failure to Appear in court for the offense
Circulation of Bad Checks
Civil Case judgments for Breach of Contract and Theft by Taking
Currently facing felony and misdemeanor charges in Shelby County, AL for (2) counts of Fraud by Deception and (2) counts of Deceptive Trade Practices.
In an effort to alert the public and consolidate our stories, a blog highlighting Steve Pannell has been created at www.stevepannell.blogspot.com
Blue Ridge, Georgia