An Appleton roofing company owner has been charged in Dane and two other counties with theft after allegedly failing to complete paid-for repairs to hail-damaged roofs in 2011.
Daniel Steiner, owner of Midwest Roofing, is charged with felony theft by contractor in Dane, Brown and Outagamie counties. Steiner acknowledged in a 2013 interview with police that his company was bankrupt, and that he would take money from one job to pay for jobs already underway, and that he didn’t pay his roofing supplier. The result for homeowners in Madison, Middleton, Grand Chute and Green Bay was constant delayed or incomplete repairs.
According to a criminal complaint, one victim said she was given excuses from Steiner for delays to fixing a storm-damaged roof that included “he had brain surgery, thought the job was already completed, had to fire his cousin and the materials were already ordered, the materials were paid for but didn’t show up.”
That was after she had already paid $11,401 — half the bill — up front. In the end, she had to pay another contractor to finish the job and did not get her money returned.
Working with leads from the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, state Department of Justice investigator Camellia Howe reported that Madison residents Corey and Heather Stelljes signed a contract in September 2011 with Steiner for a hail-damage repair project, for payments of $4,400 and $7,814. After installing half of the insulation and removing the aluminum siding from the Stelljeses’ home, which he recycled, Steiner did not come back and did not return their calls.
ABC Supply placed a $7,014 lien on the home because Steiner didn’t pay for the materials, and another company had to complete the job, costing the Stelljeses an additional $5,000, according to the complaint.
Other complaints repeat that scenario, including the lien from ABC Supply. The BBB reports receiving 10 complaints about Midwest Roofing. Lisa Schiller of the BBB said its report on Steiner said he has also operated contracting services under the business names of Elite Exteriors, Integrity Roofing, Midwest Flooring, Precision Roofing and Siding and Steiner Custom Construction.
She said the BBB recommends getting at least three bids on construction projects.
An arrest warrant was issued for Steiner. The bankrupt roofing company had an address in Appleton and in Fond du Lac.