Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:35

East St. Louis, IL, Auto Body Shop Accused of Fraud

Written by Angelica Saylo Pilo, Madison-St. Clair Record

Two motor vehicle owners claim an East St. Louis, IL, auto body repair shop refused to complete repairs on an SUV.


La Trice Vanderford and Anthony Armstead filed a complaint Jan. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Leon Austin, doing business as LA Customs Auto Body, alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.


According to the complaint, in 2018 Vanderford and Armstead contracted LA Customs to perform repairs on their damaged 2018 GMC SUV for $4,500. They allege the defendant failed and refused to complete the repairs pursuant to the agreement, causing the plaintiffs to suffer damages.


Vanderford and Armstead seek trial by jury, compensatory damages in excess of $5,500, plus additional punitive damages of more than $50,000 and court costs. They are represented by attorney David Duree of David M. Duree & Association PC in O'Fallon.


We thank Madison-St. Clair Record for reprint permission.

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