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LARA Suspends Residential Builder License of Gerald G. Wonsey in White Lake and Residential Builder Company License of Jerry's Concrete, Inc. in Highland
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
July 24, 2019 - LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) issued an Order of Summary Suspension of the residential builder license of Gerald G. Wonsey in White Lake, and the residential builder company license of Jerry’s Concrete, Inc. in Highland, MI, effective June 28, 2019. Mr. Wonsey is the owner of Jerry’s Concrete, Inc.
The Michigan Occupational Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action. Gerald G. Wonsey was convicted on two counts in Oakland County’s 6th Circuit Court on December 20, 2018 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with five years of probation:
- Count 1 – Larceny by Conversion, $20,000 or more
- Count 2 – Fraud Detention by Contractor
Gerald G. Wonsey and Jerry’s Concrete, Inc. entered into a contract with a homeowner to construct a barn to be completed 45 days after obtaining permits. Mr. Wonsey cashed a $23,000 deposit check from the homeowners and obtained materials and permits for the project. He abandoned the project without completing it and failed to reimburse the homeowners for money they paid him for work that was never completed.
LARA served a copy of a Formal Complaint against Mr. Wonsey and Jerry’s Concrete, Inc. that outlines violations of the Michigan Occupational Code with notice of his duty to respond within 15 days:
- Demonstrating fraud, deceit and dishonesty in the practice of an occupation
- Demonstrating a lack of good moral character by failing to serve the public in a fair, honest, and open manner
- Abandonment of the job
- Failure to remit money coming into the person’s possession that belongs to others
Mr. Wonsey has not responded.
“Before you hire anyone to perform any kind of building or remodeling work to your home, be sure they are a reputable residential builder or building company that is properly licensed with the State of Michigan,” said BCC Director Keith Lambert. “Be cautious when entering into a contract for building or remodeling. Closely monitor the progress of work being done and be sure that it meets contract specifications.”
Residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors, electricians, plumbers and mechanical contractors are licensed by LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes and must have a license that corresponds with the work to be done. Before entering into a building or renovation project, Michigan consumers are encouraged to verify license information by going to: https://www.lara.michigan.gov/colaLicVerify/. Consumers may also contact BCC at 517-241-9316 or via email at Larafirstname.lastname@example.org and the bureau can run a license check for you. Consumers are reminded that there is no replacement for their own due diligence.