Illinois AG Files Suit Against Buckner Home Improvement Company Owner

(BENTON, IL) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County against a Buckner man who allegedly cheated residents in Franklin and Hamilton counties out of more than $127,000 for work that was either substandard or never performed by his home repair businesses. The lawsuit accuses Robert Hartley, who does business as Hartley and French Roofing and Hartley’s Contracting, of violating the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Home Repair and Remodeling Act. According to Madigan’s lawsuit, Hartley solicited residents by going door-to-door offering roofing and other repair services. The lawsuit also states Hartley did not have the mandatory roofing license required by the state. Attorney General Madigan is asking the court to prevent Hartley from doing business in Illinois. The lawsuit also seeks to nullify any contracts and require that Hartley pay restitution to consumers and civil penalties. The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office has also charged Hartley with four felonies, including home repair fraud, aggravated home repair fraud and two counts of theft. If you feel you have been defrauded by Hartley or his businesses, contact the Illinois Attorney General Office’s online at illinoisattorneygeneral.gov or call Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-243-0618 or 1-800-243-0607.