The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a Consumer Fraud lawsuit against a West Suburban Landscaper and his company for accepting thousands of dollars in down payments for work that was never started, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Named in the lawsuit are Classic Creations Landscaping, Inc of Lisle and its owner Dominic Vitro charged with violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Home Repair and Remodeling Acts for failing to complete landscaping work that cost two victims over $21,000 in down payments.
According to the lawsuit, on two separate occasions, victims met with Vitro after responding to ads in local newspapers or receiving post cards distributed door to door. During consultations Vitro signed contracts to provide landscaping services to build a brick paver patio, a retaining wall, fencing, and a waterfall and accepted $21,173 in down payments from the victims.
After taking the funds, Classic Creations missed numerous appointments to commence the work and then repeatedly rebuffed attempts by the victims to get their money back. The victims subsequently contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Unit.
The lawsuit is seeking restitution for the victims and over $100,000 in civil penalties. The State’s Attorney’s Office is also seeking to ban Vitro and his company from the home repair business permanently.