Wednesday, September 26, 2007

DMJ Custom homes raid!!




UPDATE:

According to sources:

"BPD tells me they served a search warrant yesterday at the company owner's home in the 11-thousand block of Brightwater. He was not taken into custody. The warrant was for an investigation into "theft of construction funds."



BAKERSFIELD - Bakersfield Police raided have the home of a local homebuilder accused by some of his clients of taking their money and running.

The Bright Water Way home of Donald Juhasz was searched Tuesday, according to Bakersfield Police.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed.

Juhasz created DMJ Customs in 2005. Since then, close to a dozen people have come forward saying Juhasz took money and didn't complete work.


The fireplaces are gone. They were repossessed from the half-built structure Ammanda and Thomas Meek thought would be their dream home.

All Burt Valencia has to show for his effort to have a custom home built by DMJ Customs, a home builder, is a sign with his family name on it which stands on his empty one-acre lot at the corner of Renfro and Henderson.

Ammanda Meek's home was never completed. She says the contractor took her money, leaving her with a partially constructed home. "I hate coming here, it just kills me," she said as she walked through the partially built house.

"It was 2,600 square feet, full custom," Ammanda Meek said. "It's framed and it's got a roof. That's as far as it got."



Original Post:

Recall the story by the Bakersfield Californain (I cant find the link) on the DMJ Custom homes fiasco. We can now confirm the story posted by privateeye :

Finally local government is taking action with fraudsters!! BPD raided DMJ Custom Homes aka Don Juhasz home/office yesterday. No one was home at the time, however, 3 boxes were taken from his home. Hopefully IRS will be next to collect on unpaid taxes. Hope the coward shows his face soon. Maybe he could be on KGET's panel as a local rip-off artist.

93 comments:

curious said...

This one?

http://www.bakersfield.com/hourly_news/story/239082.html

scotty said...

I hear Juhasz got lots of money from some big people in town. Now his attorney prepares to file bankruptcy? So the bastard gets away with money in an offshore account or somewhere he files bankruptcy on his personal stuff and his corporations just go away. Bring on the IRS put him away for tax evasion. Come on out you big coward Juhasz lets see you walk in to RJ's and burn $100 bills now you LOW LIFE

scotty said...

PS I hear Juhasz escrow officer closed on some liens she shouldn't have. That tends to happen when your boinking the guy, bet ya Mrs Juhasz feels like an idiot

Anonymous said...

Juhasz was always low life and I'm glad he got canned from "the Farm". Unfortunately, however his firing lead to his need for revenue and so he created this semi-elaborate building scam. Hopefully justice will be served! I hope there is a special place for those who prey upon "friends"!

scotty said...

Soooo what did the farm can him for?? The big questions is where is the rat????? They should be able to find him through the son, he's still in town. BPD needs to look at the escrow company maybe i should call them and give them the number for the Dept of Insurance. Come on out Mr big builder lets play we'll show you justice!!!

privateeye said...

Here is the story from KGET tonite. I hear the slim bucket burns $100 bills at RJ's with BIG tips to his favorite "waitress".
http://www.kget.com/mostpopular/story.aspx?content_id=01cd61fd-a888-4d42-9d24-b43f461d066e

scotty said...

I would really like to know how Juhasz got so much construction money on the Meek house when only about $40000 in work had been done. There is just something wrong with that picture. Someone really screwed up. Normally draws are done after inspections have been passed. The bank needs to hand over the paperwork they were provided for the draws. Only other thing is the bank screwed up and made the draws to big? What bank in this day hands over the money to the builder when the construction loan is in the name of the owner????? Stay tuned I smell more dead fish!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"What bank in this day hands over the money to the builder when the construction loan is in the name of the owner?????"

Happens all the time.

Lurker said...

Can we start a photo album of all the crooks in town? Kind of like a Megan's Law, but for Fraudsters...

Why Am I Not Surprised? said...

Looks like alot of "B-Town" beaners lived large off of what they took from the local cowpokes.

Anonymous said...

Why Am I Not Surprised? said...
Looks like alot of "B-Town" beaners lived large off of what they took from the local cowpokes.


Why do you have to be an IDIOT and get racial about it. Who would all the beaners be that you are talking about? So shut the hell up.

Rob Dawg said...

Are all (all as in every single one without exception) of the people who bought into the Bakersfield Miracle turned into deer in the headlights yet? Do even a small fraction understand how badly they've been screwed? As it stands now they can get out now and rent for half what they pay now and in 10 years have nothing or they can hang on at these double payments and in 10 years have nothing. When they figure it out I don't want to be standing between them and the exit.

why am i not surprised? said...

Beaner Crisp and his no good, scamming, scounger family. Pinheiro, Mohammadi, Nguyen, Costa, etc., etc., etc., etc. Take a look at the pictures on their web sites. Shaved heads. Bling bling. Smug looks. Nobody over 30 except Pimp Daddy Cole.

There’s your Beaners and Beaner equivalents, since you hadn’t noticed.

I don’t see you complaining about “B-Town cowpokes”, so we’re in agreement there. As for the cowpoke’s who got taken to the cleaners, it's all good since it’s no doubt the first bath they’ve had in years.

why am i not surprised? said...

"When they figure it out I don't want to be standing between them and the exit."

1.) This is "B-Town". They'll never figure it out.

2.) I just don't want to be standing between them and their passed-out-drunk sisters.

Anonymous said...

And again it showes what an IDIOT you are because not one of them are what you in your stupid language call them "beaners". Learn your nationalities dumb ass. All you are showing is how racisit you are. This is not a color problem it is a moral problem. And you just showed alot of people how little of morals you have and CLASS.

scotty said...

Yes I understand draws are given to builders all the time I did work in the building industry. Usually steps are taken to make sure the subs are paid and work done. There is just something off on this one

why am i not surprised? said...

You must be joking.

You're right about the moral issue, though. But that is something B-Town beaners know nothing of, taking their cue as they do from the good Catholic Bishop Asswipe.

They are simply too dumb to be educated in the art of long term self preservation and would rather steal and blame the white man for all their ills. All the while drinking whatever is handy and shagging any close relative they can lay their hands on. That usually means their sisters. You know all about that, right? The fat horrors with dolphins tattooed on their tits, and "Jorge" tattooed on their bingo wings.

Good luck to them - and the Catholic Church who will need a few more members of mindless devotees who can’t keep off their sisters.

horrors with dolphins tattooed on their tits and “Barry” tattooed across their bingo wings.

scotty said...

Okay I'm confused. What the hell does this have to do with a builder who took about $4000,000

scotty said...

Sorry that should have been $4,000,000

Anonymous said...

"Yes I understand draws are given to builders all the time"

Then why the question?

"I did work in the building industry."

That's questionable.

"Usually steps are taken to make sure the subs are paid and work done."

Only subs who "pre-lien" are known to lenders, and in residential construction the majority of subs will not bother to do this. Even if they do, no residential lender will require lien releases until just prior to issuing the final draw - if that.

As to verifying that the work is done prior to issuing draws - typically they will verify the first draw or two to make sure you are getting out of the ground, and then not again until torward the end with finish work draws.

OT - "Bingo wings" LOL!!!

Lurker said...

why am i not surprised? said...

"The fat horrors with dolphins tattooed on their tits, and "Jorge" tattooed on their bingo wings."

Ummm...don't you mean Whore, not Horror?

Do you know the difference? If not, please leave.

scotty said...

Funny how all the subs had a pre lien on the Meek house isn't it. Now there were two draws so did the lender verify???? Checks were to be in both names from what I understand Wing that lol

Anonymous said...

Can someone break down the construction lien business so us non-building industry people can understand why it seems fishy???

Raynor said...
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privateeye said...

Hmmm....Public record reflect Don & Denise Juhasz have title to 5 local properties in which 3 of the 5 are in foreclosure. DMJ Customs Inc. has title to 3 properties in which 1 of 3 are in foreclosure. Does Don and Denise have any employees/friends that have fraudgently taken out loans? Sound familiar?
Scotty-Let's do the math again. KGET reports a dozen families have been duped by Juhasz. Ammanda Meek states her family was duped for $525,000.00!! The grand total would be in excess of a $6,000,000.00 GRAND theft and this guy can't pay his mortgage?
BB-What about a wall of shame with photos of these local fraudsters. Does anyone have a photo of Juhasz?
What about David, Carl or Newton?

Raynor said...

"Bingo Wings" ?

(I didn't know the gals in question were that old. Maybe just they recently lost a lot of weight?)

Anonymous said...

REGARDING LIENS

This is how the system works in the large scale construction business, including commercial, retail, office, industrial and even housing tracts:

Any subcontractor who works on the project must Pre-Lien the job within 30 days of starting work in order to establish lien rights to the project. This Pre Lien will show the total contract amount and is sent to the general contractor, owner and lender, and should also be recorded with the county.

With every monthly draw, the sub must provide a “Lien Release” in the amount of his draw.

With his final bill he will provide a “Conditional Upon Final Lien Release” stating that the current draw will satisfy what is owed on the contract, minus retention (usually retention of 10% is withheld from all draws).

Lastly (and sometimes concurrently), the sub will provide a “Unconditional Upon Final Lien Release” stating that the payment of retention will satisfy all obligations and will cause the sub to forfeit his lien rights to the property.

There is more to it then that, but that's the basics.

Anonymous said...

I am a large commercial builder who has only built 8 or 10 custom homes, for myself and my family.

My experience has been that, out of 30 or so subs on a typical custom home job, maybe 5 will Pre Lien. Maybe.

I have NEVER been asked by the lenders to provide sub lien releases prior to progress payments.

I have been asked ONCE to provide Unconditional Upon Finals prior to receiving the final draw.

Bakersfield Bubble said...

Wall of shame - LMAO!!

Thanks for the info guys (&gals)!

Anonymous said...

Okay I have looked at the Meek home. It is not what I would call custom!!! This guy Juhasz was more a high end tract builder. For what has been done on that home I can definately say he got too much money from the draws and since the loan was in the Meeks name they would have to sign. Did they?

Anonymous said...

The typical "Build-to-Suit" custom home deal is structured so that the contractor can request and receive draws without the owners approval.

This is to protect the contractor from owner non-payment.

Anonymous said...

Not the case with National City. Requires owners signature.

Meek said...

It was CUSTOM! I had the plan in my mind. For your info most of the house was taken from an old Sam wilkerson plan.I did NOT use Juhasz plans......As for National City they are refusing to even follow up on a fraud report I filed months ago. Juhasz forged my docs to have the $$$$ wired to his own personal bank account. and national city is scoffing at my complaint. He did did the roof early so he was able to take out the a second draw before he skipped town....Hello premeditation......He's a dirt bag!!!!

Meek said...

Woops one did not 2 sorry I am so Ticked he has done this to my family I even type mad.

Meek said...

also...all the subs did a pre-lien except for the plumber and the unlicensed framer.....that is why I have actual liens check the recorders web site

Anonymous said...

FYI. The Housing Bubble Hall of Shame has some fraudsters on it. And realtors. And buyers. And CEOs. And policy makers. etc...
realestaterecord.blogspot.com

scotty said...

Well hello all you big time builders, according to Mrs Meek I guess I called it pretty right on. Who's lol now wingman!!!

Anonymous said...

If ALL of the subs pre lien – WATCH OUT!!

On the homes I’ve built, the only subs who pre lien’d were those that didn’t know me. If ALL of the subs pre lien that means that 1.) they don’t know the general contractor or 2.) they DO know him and they don’t trust him.

Either way it is a huge red flag.

privateeye said...

BB-I think Ammanda Meek would be PERFECT for KGET's panel. The community need's to see first hand what these slime ball pigs have done. Thank you Mrs. Meek for sharing your story. I only wish you and your family the best. Maybe you could forward this blog to National City's fraud department. I will attempt to contact you with information I have on this slime.

Meek said...

Pretty sure after the "RED FLAG" it's too late.
Bottom line there is more protection for the crook that the homeowner.
Worked hard all my life to have one piece of *&%$ take it all away.

Anonymous said...

If forgery in fact occured, it's a simple matter of Meeks getting legal counsel to represent him against the lender.

scotty said...

Duh hello of course they didn't trust him the subs ALWAYS have the dirt on the builders. The good subs build the house themselves the builder just puts his name on it. They watch and hear stories from the buyers, and in this case it didn't take a genius to know the guy was moving big money, and subs were showing up at the finished houses looking to be paid by the owners. Mrs Meek unfortunately just got caught at the end when he was going down.

Anonymous said...

The "RED FLAG" would alert you to the fact that you have a green contractor or one with a sketchy reputation with subs.

That knowledge could have promted you to monitor his actions very closely and to protect your financial best interest.

Meek said...

Got a lawyer...a good one...but how will I get $$$ that is in an offshore account?????

Anonymous said...

"The good subs build the house themselves the builder just puts his name on it."

Thanks for clearing up any doubt as to your knowledge and experience level.

scotty said...

Mrs Meek is a member of the general public. She seems to be very smart and on the ball. She is not versed in real estate or building.
She should have had someone represent her who does have the knowledge etc

Meek said...

HELLLOOOO Anonymous how do you think he got caught?????I caught him....!!!!! Hence why he skipped town when I exposed him. I knew something was wrong, I called one of the subs, and I realized what was going on....I am not stupid...I just had bad timing.

Anonymous said...

You don't need to collect from the contractor IF the bank disbursed funds improperly. IF that is the case, you will be made whole by the bank.

IF what you are saying is accurate, you will get the funds that were improperly disbursed.

Meek said...

Yeah you try telling National City that.....A company the is down sizing due to the market.....

Remeber Juhasz Forged my draw docs and did work early to pass inspection...maybe he was boinkin the inspector too???? LOL

scotty said...

Hey Anonymous
The person who told me the subs build the house if they are good subs was one of the biggest truly custom home builders in Bakersfield
He told me he used to drive by homes and be amazed at what the subs had done they just knew when to go in without a call from him.

Anonymous said...

I say IF because your demeanor here indicates you may be a bit unstable or not too smart. Have you read your loan documents to see what your contractual obligations and liabilities are?

HELLLOOO??

Meek said...

Coming from someone who chooses not to reveal their identity.....

If you are a Juhasz fan this is NOT the blog for you

Also I have been through enough I definately don't need your "not so smart" comments....

Anonymous said...

Scotty thank you for yet more of your amazingly deep construction experience.

It's obvious you did indeed work "in the building industry".

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous
Before you go calling people unstable and stupid give us your name because I know Mrs Meek and I can tell you she can run circles around your ass any day. You can't even say your name

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous
Before you go calling people unstable and stupid give us your name because I know Mrs Meek and I can tell you she can run circles around your ass any day. You can't even say your name

Meek said...

Also would'nt you be "unstabe" if someone stole your life savings and a promise to your daughter of a bigger room and a backyard to play in...Like I said more protection for the crook....let me guess your boinkin him too????


SCOTTY love that word it really works!!!!

Anonymous said...

Meeks, suck it up, Buttercup. IF what you say is true, you will get reimbursed for funds improperly disbursed. I hope for your sake it is this simple.

If there is more to the story than you are aware of or revealing here, then good luck.

Meek said...

there is no s on the end of my name....it's good to know someone has to read this blog to you since you are not paying attention.

Anonymous said...

It's also good to know about the Great Job you did "paying attention" to your life's savings.

Gold Star for Meeks!

Meek said...

Are you going to go away anytime soon?????

Bakersfield Bubble said...

Attacking her is not cool.

She is the victim here. I hope she gets the justice she deserves.

Meek said...

Thanks BB for the support. It's good to know you have a heart. Just remember Anonymous god is listening.

privateeye said...

anonymus-Why is it typical of our society to attack the victim? Do you know more to this story? How about Juhasz the fraudster? Does he get a "Gold Star"?

Anonymous said...

Religion seems to be a common thread between the indicted and the aggrieved there in Bakersfield, doesn't it?

scotty said...

Anonymous
So you don't live in Bakersfield. Why don't you stay in the town your in and get out of ours. Your really have been an obnoxious piece of arrogant crap. Your ego is big, your mind small and you have no guts your just anonymous

Scooter said...

"Scotty",

I'm "Scooter".

Now I'm not "anonymous", right?

Thank you for yet more information as to your age, intellect, and capacity for rational thought.

You obviously live in the perfect location for someone of your aptitude.

Perhaps Meeks could benefit from your stellar experience and ability to deliver high-level results.

Holla.

scotty said...

Its offical!!!!! Great news scooter aka anonymous is on ignore, reason being he just wants to stir trouble and in Bakersfield we are above that

Anonymous said...

Again there is no "S" on my last name....are you slow?

Meek said...

is "Holla" a word?

Cooter said...

Cotty, I know this will come as a crushing blow to you - but blogger doesn't have an "ignore" function.

Please stay away from sharp objects and female relatives for the next 12 hours, or until your delusions subside.

Cotty's Cooter said...

Meeks,
Poor dear. What is it you REALLY want to say? I'm here for you.

Beth said...

"If forgery in fact occured, it's a simple matter of Meeks getting legal counsel to represent him against the lender."

Sorry to have to point this out but it is NEVER a simple matter when you have to hire a lawyer to fight a mega corp like Nat'l City AND worry about what the heck Juhasz has done with the $$.

Meek said...

Exactly right Beth...My attorney told me it would take in excess of $40,000 to file against National City, as well as years of legal battle with only a 50/50 chance of winning. And to get what??? the house will have already been long gone.

Cotty's Cooter said...

Cotty appears perfectly capable of carrying Meeks' crumpled case into battle, although even for Bakerfield standards it really IS a simple matter. That is IF what Meeks is saying is accurate.

Are there any lawyers in Bakerfield who are aware that they are free to leave? That'd be the one I'd choose.

Ask around RJ's. Or Paster Ron.

Bakersfield Bubble said...

UGH!!...

Bkfdwatcher said...

"If forgery in fact occured, it's a simple matter of Meeks getting legal counsel to represent him against the lender."

Those huge mega companies have floors of attnys who stay on retainer--they don't care about legal fees/costs. It's already built into their business model. Meanwhile the system is upside down...the wronged party must pay to prove they are innocent.

Cotty's Cooter said...

Meeks said: "Juhasz forged my docs to have the $$$$ wired to his own personal bank account."

That is a simple case.

Meeks said: "got a lawyer...a good one".

Good Lawyer? Let's see.

Later Meeks says: "My attorney told me it would take in excess of $40,000 to file against National City, as well as years of legal battle with only a 50/50 chance of winning."

There is so much distance between those two statements, an iron horse is required to get there from here.

Giddee up iay.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why Kevin Hoover was fired from Watson Touchstone?

Meek said...

Are we forgeting Don Juhasz is the bastard here????

Meek said...

Okay, Okay, someone give me $40,000 so I can file the lawsuit against National City, I men whats another $40,000 on top of $525,000

keepitcivil said...

Perhaps anonymous/scooter/cotty's cooter is Juhasz himself, sitting on a beach in San Diego sipping an adult beverage. Whoever he is, he's a jerk. I'm sympathetic to the situation the Meek family and others are facing. I wish you luck and justice.

privateeye said...

It appears Mr. Juhasz was paying individuals to obtain construction loans with Bank of America. Upon completion of the home, the individual would grant deed as a "gift" back to DMJ Custom Homes. To be continued...

B-Town Boomer said...

Actually cotty's cooter was the only poster here offering actual usable information to meek until she turned snotty. A victim yes but snotty just the same.

But then again, this is B-Town, so going off unhinged is understandable.

Meek said...

WOW!!! Private eye ;)

who were ALL the players in that scam???????

Meek said...

Not snotty


PISSED!!!!!!!

keepitcivil said...

"Pissed!!!!" Rightly so. Fight on!!

scotty said...

Keep civil well said. I have thought all day that that blogger was Juhasz. Can blog stupid but can't come out and face what he did. Private eye you and I both know about the fake construction loans that one will blow open. The guy at BofA Mr.H will go down too. No matter what the Meek family will survive read her posts she is not a quitter go get them Meek of the twelve that took a hit you are the fighter!!!!!!

B-Town Boomer said...

It looks like neither she nor her "good lawyer" are willing to fight, and have chosen to simply wither away to a fate of blog pissing about it.

If she's got a civil case, I hope she's got the stones to pursue it.

privateeye said...

b-town-Did you read Juhasz's bankruptcy attorney's statement? Tell me again how the Goldman's civil judgment against OJ was settled? Can't get blood from a turnip.

Realestateslasher said...

Who is Mr.H of Bank of America?

B-Town Boomer said...

Privateye,
If what meek has said is accurate, her action will not be against the builder but rather will be against the bank, where there's plenty of "blood".

However, that depends on the accuarcy of meek's account - that the bank improperly disbursed funds based on forged documents.

Based on her reluctance to pursue the bank, I question whether this is a simple case of forgery for which the bank would be clearly liable - just as they would in the case of a forged check.

But clearly she's been scammed and deserves justice, and you are correct her chances of reimbursement from the builder are slim.

xs10shell said...

What's the deal with these "gift" grant deeds? I remember reading on here a long time ago that there was one of these gift transfers between Crisp and Bynum on the Stockdale buildings but I don't really know what the significance is.

scotty said...

Deal is he (Juhasz) paid people to get loans with their credit, which he used. At the right time the straw buyer gifted the property to Juhasz with no tax paid to the county.
Juhasz is a smaller Crisp and Cole but just as big a crook