LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A small business owner in need of help. He
claims a New York real estate company stiffed him on more than $20,000 worth of
flooring work done at a south end apartment complex. The owner of the that
Louisville flooring business claims the New Yorkers have been long on promises,
but short on paychecks.
There's room to rent at the Blue Diamond
Apartments on Blue Lick Road. But it's no diamond in the rough for James
"They haven't paid me," Conner
Haven't paid him thousands of dollars for new
carpets and flooring he installed in about three dozen units. The work started back
in July 2012. Conner said he nearly walked off the job a month into the project
after blue diamond racked up a $10,000 bill, then failed to make good on
multiple promises to settle up.
"I said well don't you always pay your
electric, your water bills and all that on time?" Conner explained.
"And of course they just didn't have a response for that."
One of Blue Diamond's owners, Julian
Blumenthal, agreed to give conner a $10,000 credit card payment. But only after
he promised to continue his work re-flooring the rest of the units.
"You don't think an apartment complex
this big is going to not pay you," Conner said.
But that's what happened. Again.
This time Conner said Blue Diamond racked up
$20,746.95 worth of bills in services and late fees. Now, he says they won't
respond to his repeated requests to get paid.
"I'd love to get paid," Conner
Pam Freeman, the property manager who hired
Conner, was out of the office. The apartment complex is owned by a real estate
group called Read Property LLC.
"I just found about it and I'm looking
into the bills," said managing director Marvin Schnee. "But we don't
intend to run away. We pay our money."
Schnee said all payments were handled by
Blumenthal. But Blumenthal initially denied knowing James Conner or Blue Diamond
Apartments before phone call was disconnected.
After receiving a text telling Blumenthal of
the credit card receipt with his name on it, and that Schnee said he was the
one responsible for paying vendors, he changed his tune. Sending a text
message, promising Conner would be paid the $20,746.95 he is owed, "As
soon as possible."
just like the money that's owed to me," Conner said.