Home Artisan Group allegedly failed to pay back 'loans' from man for construction work

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A Maryland woman alleges a Reading contractor failed to repay her late father loans it alleged it needed from him for work on his Birdsboro home.

Tina Varisco, administratrix of the estate of Clark Pangburn, filed a complaint on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Home Artisan Group Inc. and its president Jared Barcz alleging breach of contract, violation of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and other counts. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff's father, Pangburn, was a recipient of a grant as an Army veteran of the Vietnam War under the Specially Adapted Housing program to make his home handicap-accessible for his wheelchair. The suit states Pangburn and Home Artisan entered into a contract for the project in January 2015.

The suit states the defendants installed and performed extras or changes to the project without Veterans Administration approval or a change of work order and required that Pangburn make up-front payments as a loan. The suit states Pangburn made more than $24,000 to the defendants and was not reimbursed.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Cheryl J. Allerton in Douglassville.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:19-CV-01324-JFL

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