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Man without contractor’s license able to land permits through city

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A man accused by several of his former customers of taking their money and not finishing or even beginning their sunrooms, was able to land permits through Metro Codes even though he is unlicensed and did not have the permission by a construction company to use their name and license number, an Channel 4 I-Team investigation found.

Kathy Kelly paid Dale Jaggers more than $23,000 to build her a sunroom, but Jaggers never showed up to start the job.

"I feel very violated,” Kelly said.

Brack Leaberry did the same, and all he has to show for his sunroom is three unfinished walls.

"It should be great. It hasn't been, it hasn't been anything but a pain,” Leaberry said.

Sheryl and Bill Ramey also hired Jaggers and paid for work that was never completed.

"There's mounting evidence that he deceived us,” Bill Ramey said.

While the customers blame Jaggers, they also say the Metro Codes Department shares much of the blame.

"I do hold them responsible. There ought to be some checks and balance,” Leaberry said.

When the I-Team interviewed Kelly, she noticed something when she looked at one of the documents Jaggers had signed.

"Oh, I am just seeing this,” Kelly said. “Look at this: CLC Construction Company. That's not the name of his business."

Jaggers’ company is USArtisan, but on the building permits Jaggers obtained from Metro Codes, the company he lists is Creative Landscape Construction, Inc.

"This was fraud from the beginning,” Leaberry said.

When Jaggers showed up for his bankruptcy hearing Monday, the I-Team was waiting.

“What do you say to your customers who believe that you ripped them off?" asked chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.

"I didn't rip anybody off intentionally in any respect,” Jaggers said.

Jaggers said he did have CLC’s permission to pull the permits.

But the I-Team found that Jaggers isn’t a licensed contractor, and the owner of CLC signed a sworn affidavit claiming Jaggers doesn’t work for him.

"Did you authorize him to use your company's name and your license?" Finley asked.

"No … This man never called me and said, I'm going to be pulling a contract under your business or anything,” said Chris Milender, owner of CLC Construction.

Even Jaggers’ attorney questions how someone without a license got permits with using another company’s name.

"He was able to pull these permits that maybe he shouldn't have been able to pull,” said Steve Lefkovitz, Jagger's attorney.

The I-Team repeatedly asked Metro Codes to explain what happened and for an explanation of their procedure to confirm that someone actually works for a company, but our requests were denied.

Jon Michael, zoning chief with Metro Codes, stated in an email, “Therefore, upon receiving the information pertaining to this case this morning, I initiated contact with MNPD and the District Attorney’s office to confirm next steps for a formal investigation of any criminal actions carried out against the Metropolitan Government in this matter.”

"Best case, I want to see something get recovered. Worst case, he goes to jail, period,” Leaberry said.

The I-Team will continue to follow this case and keep asking the city for an explanation as to how this happened.

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