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Fox 29 Gets Results: Home Remodeling Project Gone Bad

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. -

Fox 29 is working to get results for a Bucks county couple, fuming over a home remodeling project gone bad.

"My house is destroyed," says Cindy Ross as she fights back tears. "My house is destroyed."

Nearly a year ago, Cindy and her husband hired John Succi and "JS Contractors" to remodel their half-century old Levittown home.

From November through March, they paid more than $86,000, a little bit at a time.

"We were getting weekly phone calls," says Cindy. "You know, 'they're here to do the heating system- you need to come pay. They're here to put the windows in- come pay."

The house was gutted, but by April, Cindy was asking questions.

It turns out, Succi had not gotten the required permits to do the work.

Middletown Township officials inspected in May, and shut the project down.

"The architect plans weren't followed," Cindy says, and "the ceiling was starting to bow, windows can't be opened."

Cindy says Succi wanted another $35,000 to finished the job.

She kicked him out and changed the locks on the house.

"He's done enough damage," says Cindy. "I don't want him back in my house."

Succi wouldn't talk to Fox 29's Bruce Gordon on camera, but when reached by phone, he claimed he has done quality work and would have been willing to complete the job, had he not been barred from the house.

Succi says that Cindy and her husband made numerous changes to the original planned remodeling.

Cindy denies that.

The Bucks county District Attorney's office confirms they have launched a criminal investigation into Succi's remodeling firm, and that the Cindy and her husband are among about ten alleged victims with similar claims.

The D.A. wants to hear from other complainants, if they are out there.

Meanwhile, Robert Marquis, a contractor/friend of the Ross's original architect, has stepped forward offering to help put their house back together.

Marquis is looking for sub-contractors willing to lend a hand, and can be reached at 215-428-3700, extension 101.

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