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Defunct contractor bankruptcy case drags on in federal court

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 17:46:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bankruptcy case for a now-defunct contractor continues to drag on in federal court.

Mike Ross, the former owner of Lee's Summit contracting company Building Pro, appeared with his attorney, Colin Gotham, on Tuesday afternoon.

They aim to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, deciding not to file Chapter 13, in order for him to be rid of the debt he's accrued.

More than 20 families say they collectively paid Ross $400,000 for work that was not finished or had not started.

At least two of those customers, Bob Belcher and Don Lisa, filed claims to the U.S. Trustee's Office detailing their business with Ross.

Ross filed objections to those claims, but withdrew them the morning of the hearing.

Belcher and Lisa said the withdrawals show Ross is acknowledging their claims, and believe he doesn't want to face further scrutiny.

In Lisa's claim, he outlined he'd cut two deposit checks in November 2017 totaling $15,784. One check was $13,039 for Building Pro and the other was $2,745 to Karin Ross, the company's former designer. Both checks were deposited, the claim says. The Lisa's project was to begin Jan. 8, 2018 and the contract amount was $54,904.

"To this date, no materials have been received and no construction work has begun," said Lisa in his claim.

In previous hearings, Ross said he doesn't know what happened to the money his customers paid him and could not produce sufficient financial records.

Ross said he was selling the business to someone else in the beginning of January. Money never exchanged hands, however, and the sale did not go through.

Belcher's attorney Erlene Kriegel filed a motion for a subpoena for Ross's financial records. Ross filed a motion to get rid of the subpoena, but that has been continued to Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.