CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit against "crooked contractor" Randy Briel, crediting a series of FOX 46 investigations.
Briel is accused of repeatedly taking money from customers to build decks he never completes or never starts.
"We will not tolerate crooked contractors ripping off North Carolinians," said Stein. "I thank you for all your focus on this case."
On the day the lawsuit was announced Stein tweeted a thank you to FOX 46.
"Thanks to FOX46 & @MattGrantFOX46 for your coverage of this case," Stein tweeted out. "We've received a number of complaints against these so-called contractors."
On Monday, Stein filed the lawsuit and his associate, Glenn Dunnam, who FOX 46 has also reported on. Stein is seeking a court order to force the duo from continuing to work in North Carolina or face jail time. He is also hoping to get money back for Briel's victims.
Back in March, Stein promised to look into the mounting complaints from our viewers after we took our findings to him.
"Can your office....help get results for other victims out there?," asked FOX 46 investigative reporter Matt Grant.
"We hope so," said Stein at the time.
FOX 46 busted Briel twice in June and July after homeowners tipped us off, saying we saved them money after watching our reports on Briel.
"You were just arrested a month ago what are you doing still taking money from people?," Grant asked Briel in July. He did not respond.
Only FOX 46 was there when Briel was arrested the month before. He also had nothing to say at the time. The day after he was released from jail FOX 46 discovered he was still soliciting jobs using a phony name.
According to the Better Business Bureau, Briel has changed the name of his business more than 20 times.
"I really appreciate the good work y'all did shining a light on this crooked contractor," said Stein.