Barrington-based company being sued by Attorney General’s office
Updated: October 28, 2012 6:15AM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that she has filed five lawsuits against fraudulent home repair businesses, including Barrington-based North Point Exteriors, Inc., that she says cheated Illinois homeowners out of more than $365,000.
According to Madigan, these companies conducted home repair scams in which they solicited homeowners for repair work and required large, upfront payments prior to beginning the work. However, the lawsuits claim that the contractors failed to do much of the work. In some cases, no work was done at all, yet the contractors still cashed the homeowners’ large deposit checks.
Elgin resident Lateef Farooqui is being sued individually as the owner of North Point Exteriors Inc. and as vice president of North Point Builders, Inc. North Point Builders, Inc., which operated out of 2111 Elgin Rd. in Barrington Hills, was involuntarily dissolved in 2009. The lawsuit alleges that Farooqui deceived homeowners by offering unlicensed insurance adjusting services after storms in Chicago and area communities.
Madigan said North Point Exteriors, Inc. acted as “storm chasers,” soliciting vulnerable consumers door-to-door and then never completing the repairs.
“Any time a repair company solicits door-to-door or uses high pressure tactics to sign up customers, it’s a signal that something is wrong,” Madigan in a news release. “I urge homeowners to use extreme caution when hiring contractors.”
The other companies targeted in the lawsuit sweep are Lake in the Hills-based National Restoration of Illinois, Chicago-based Gulli Construction, Addison-based Tropical Home Improvement Inc. and Urbana-based Randy Oaks & Sons Asphalt Paving and Seal Coating.