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McDaniel: Pool company profits by digging, leaving holes

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published January 2, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.

Arkansas' attorney general has filed a lawsuit Thursday that accuses a swimming pool company of stealing money from homeowners by promising to build a pool then leaving the work unfinished.

The complaint filed by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleges that Aquatic Pools LLC and its owner, Glenn Yates, of Stillwell, Okla., have purportedly received tens of thousands of dollars from homeowners by leaving them "nothing more than an empty hole in their backyards."

One homeowner said he or she had paid the company in full for an in-ground pool installation that the business said would take four to six weeks to construct in March 2011, according to the complaint. The homeowner said the company excavated dirt for the installation but never returned to finish the project.

Another homeowner said he or she had given the company at least half of the money needed to build a pool, but the company completed only about 10 percent of the work. The complaint states the company would still press its customers for additional payments to finish the construction.

McDaniel has requested that the court require the pool company to pay restitution to homeowners and meet its customers' requests to cancel their contracts.

"This company and its owner have made excuse after excuse to Arkansas consumers," McDaniel said in a statement. "It seems they are good at keeping other people's money but bad at keeping their own promises."

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KDcInsulBossRocks says... January 2, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.

Pool builders seem to be some of the BIGGEST shysters of all the contractors out there. Stay on top of them and only release percentages per completion. If I hadn't the local company Parrot Bay would have beat me out of about 8 grrrrrr.

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ccampbell01 says... January 2, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

I would suggest that the Attorney General track them down in Gentry, AR. They are in good standing with the Arkansas Secretary of State with a company of the same name. Their filing number is 800139287, and can be found on ASOS website. They seem to have had several companies at that address over the years.

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golfinator says... January 3, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.

The maximum downpayment on ANY construction should NEVER exceed 30%, if the company is not strong enough to begin work on that amount of money - LOOK FOR SOMEONE ELSE!!

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