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More trouble in squad’s battle with contractor

SoVaNow.com / November 20, 2013


Legal action to recoup approximately $138,000 from Daniel Rus, a Fredericksburg contractor who allegedly failed to complete construction work at the Boydton Life Station building, has been delayed again after Rus failed to appear for a Nov. 18 court hearing in Boydton.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Nora Miller, who had hoped to reach a deal with Rus to resolve the matter, instead sought and received a capias for Rus’ arrest

The case, which led to criminal charges being filed against Rus, began in 2008. The Boydton Life Station borrowed nearly $400,000 to erect a new home. The station’s old facility — a doublewide trailer — was deemed no longer safe.

The squad purchased a truss building from United Steel Building company, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Since no one with the squad had experience erecting the steel structure, John Toone, Captain of the Boydton Life Station squad, remembers that squad members asked the company to recommend a contractor. They were given the name of Daniel Rus, then-owner of ANA Construction.

Toone recalls Rus being at the construction site as work began. “He was here when they poured the slab, but as soon as the metal framing started, he left,” said Toone. Before departing, Toone says Rus was paid more than $130,000 to carry out the work.

Rus claimed the money was needed to pay his subcontractors, but it appears that did not happen.

Shortly after Rus’ departure, the electrician hired to install wiring for the new building placed a lien on the project. The stated reason: nonpayment.

Herbert Ramsey, a Clarksville area contractor, was ultimately hired to complete the construction work, and additional funds were raised to pay Jones Electric Company for its work. Part of the money allegedly taken by Rus was intended to have gone to Jones Electric.

Toone said members of the squad, including President Paul Cox, contacted the Butts & Butts law firm in South Hill hoping to pursue recourse against Rus.

They also approached Miller to see if criminal charges were warranted. As far as Toone knows, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is the only lawyer who pursued a claim against Rus.

In February 2010, a Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Rus for failing to perform promises of construction, in return for advances, a violation of Virginia Code section 18.2-200.1.

By the time of the indictment, Rus had left for Florida where he was later arrested by U.S. Marshals and returned to Mecklenburg County for prosecution.

At the time of Rus’ arrest, members of the squad were appreciative of the joint efforts of Miller, then-Sheriff Danny Fox and the law enforcement officials in helping the squad in its attempt to recoup money from Rus. Since then, Toone said, members have been left wondering why the case has dragged on so long. He’s hoping that the capias will bring about the arrest of Toone and the conclusion of the squad’s long nightmare.

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Hey mororns! Maybe next time you should consider spending extra on a well established local contractor. You know, someone who lives here and pays taxes here. It is absolutely mind boggling how so many leaders in southside Virginia do not believe in hiring local. You idiots talk about the need for local jobs but that's it. You seem to believe that no one here is smart enough or competent enough. Maybe you should take an introspective look at yourself. Then you might realize that you are not smart enough or competent enough to lead and make decisions for the community. How much is this legal fiasco gonna cost? Dumbazzes!

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Seriously? You're feeding northern Virginia. Friggin idiots!


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