RACINE, WI – A warrant has been issued for a Milwaukee man accused of bilking a Racine woman out of $1,750 after he failed to install a concrete driveway at her home.
Benjamin J. Claudio, 46, of Milwaukee, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with theft by a contractor. If convicted of the charge, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or fines up to $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman contacted Perfect Touch Roofing and Siding on March 2, 2018, to have a new concrete driveway installed. Claudio, also known as Boom Boom Benny, owns the company.
He told the woman that the work could be done for $4,000, but the cost would drop to $3,500 if she gave him cash. The woman agreed to the cash offer and he requested $1,700 for a down payment. The woman then wrote him a check for $1,350 and $400 cash. Despite contacting him numerous times from March 5 to May 31, 2018, the work hadn’t been done. The woman told Claudio she wanted her money back.
“Finally, Claudio responded with a ‘wave to Boom Boom’ emoji” and never responded to the woman again.
The woman saw a media report about a case involving Claudio that closely mirrored her experience. He was arrested in Ozaukee County for theft by a contractor and misleading a buyer when signing documents.
When police there interviewed him about the incident, Claudio “blamed the weather and threats for his inability to complete the driveway.” But it wasn’t clear whether he was speaking about the incident in Ozaukee or Racine county.
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