A West Palm Beach contractor has been arrested after a Jupiter woman complained she had paid him almost $15,000 and he hadn’t completed repairs to her home, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said last week.
Deputies arrested Thomas Seeber, 33, on Thursday in connection to the case. He faces charges of falsely identifying himself as a contractor, grand theft and working as a contractor without a license. He was released from the county jail Thursday night after posting a $9,000 bond.
According to a Jupiter police probable-cause affidavit, Seeber is listed as the registered agent of S&S Quality Contractors, which was incorporated in October 2010. He was qualified to work under a state-approved contractor’s license, but that man gave up the license in March 2012.
A homeowner in The Heights neighborhood of Jupiter, north of Donald Ross Road along Interstate 95, said she made her first payment of $1,500 to Seeber on Oct. 2, 2011, for work on her home.
She made several more in the months following so Seeber’s company would replace cabinet doors and drawers, reface cabinets, replace water-soaked wood panels, plumbing and electrical work. But work didn’t start on her home until the first week of February 2012, she told police.
It stopped Feb. 23. The woman told police Seeber’s company started working on the kitchen but didn’t complete it.
According to the affidavit, the woman in May hired a lawyer who, in a letter to Seeber, complained that Seeber had been paid for work that would’ve taken just weeks to complete but more than seven months had passed and the work was not yet done. The lawyer called Seeber’s behavior “inexcusable.”
The letter pointed out discrepancies in excuses Seeber gave the woman during several months. He said he had received in January 2012 bamboo floors he ordered, then claimed his secretary had ordered the wrong flooring and that the correct ones would arrive in April. They never did.
The affidavit said the woman’s attorney wrote in the letter to Seeber that he had until June 1 to complete the work or pay back some of the money he received. As of Sept. 5, he had done neither, the affidavit said. Police filed a complaint with the State Attorney’s Office.