After a recent alleged incident of contractor fraud, the Waukesha Police Department is trying to determine if any additional residents hired a Greenfield man or his firm - reportedly enmeshed in the scheme - to perform any home improvement work on their properties.
The department said in a news release that it believes there are more community members who have hired Thomas Krivitz, or contracted with his company, TK Improvements, than they are so far aware of.
Krivitz, 35, was charged Oct. 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with contractor fraud, a felony, after he reportedly agreed to do some work on a Waukesha resident's home but, even after receiving partial payment, never did. A criminal complaint said Krivitz defrauded the resident of about $11,400.
"There are Wisconsin laws designed to protect residential homeowners against contractor fraud," the department said in the release. "We recommend any citizen looking to hire a home improvement or home maintenance contractor to perform some due diligence prior to entering into a contract and transferring any money."
The department also distributed a list of reputable organizations that residents can contact for contractor referrals, including the Metropolitan Builders Association, Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc. or the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau.