Other families accuse contractor of taking money for unfinished work

HOUSTON – Marcus Thompson is a building contractor who specializes in building barns, but now a number of his clients are coming forward saying he took their money and is leaving them with unfinished projects and broken dreams.

“He’s taken $21,000 from us,” said Trisha Louviere of Rosharon.

The Louvieres hired Thompson, and his Lone Star Barn Company, to build them a small workshop and they now call it the worst decision they ever made.

The Louvieres aren’t the only ones in this spot.

Channel 2 Investigates has found six other families who say Thompson has taken tens of thousands of dollars from them, too, and left them with unfinished work.

In almost every case, Thompson demanded large down payments of $5,000, or more.

The Better Business Bureau’s Leah Napoliello says anytime a contractor asks for a big down payment that should be a big red flag.

“We would advise people if you do have to give some down payment it should be a very low amount, maybe $100 or $200,” Napoliello said.

Other red flags Napoliello says are:

  • Contractors who pressure you to sign a contract today, in a hurry.
  • Contractors who advise you to borrow money from your bank to pay for the project.
  • Contractors who tell you you are responsible for getting your own building permit.
  • Contractors who ask you to pay them personally and not make out a check to the company.