There is a roofing contractor in the Dallas / Fort Worth area who has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from hard working families and never delivered services. His name is Shawn Jerry Tatum, aka Jerry Shawn Tatum, of Tatum Contractors.
In most cases he convinced homeowners to sign over their insurance checks to him, some in excess of $20K, and was never heard from again. Some of these families are elderly and on fixed incomes, and could not afford to replace a roof without the insurance funds. Attempts to contact Tatum after turning over the money went unanswered or were replied to by Tatum with taunts and vulgar language.
In multiple cases Tatum allegedly forged homeowner signatures on checks, and has been arrested on multiple counts.
There are a few cases where Tatum did complete the roofing job, but those homeowners are now facing liens by sub-contractors who were never paid by Tatum. In most cases Tatum bounced tens of thousands of dollars in checks to sub-contractors.
Tatum is attempting to file for bankruptcy protection, but there is a large group attempting to appeal to the trustee of the bankruptcy court to dismiss the bankruptcy due to fraud. The first hearing was held on 1/14/08 and group of over 40 victims showed up to protest. Tatum failed to appear, even following a demand to his attorney by the trustee for him to appear, in court and the trustee was very willing to hear the issues of the group. A continuance has been issued in the case.
For identification purposes, below is a link to a summer 07 TV news clip regarding auto theft at Tatum's home in the 4100 block of Firethorn in Arlington, Texas. http://cbs11tv.com/local/Arlington.Car.Burglaries.2.503040.html
Please consider this case before giving Tatum money or employing him.