Customers say a Kansas contractor took thousands and disappeared – Update Kansas

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TROY, Kan. – Your business may be in trouble when your former customers have devoted an entire Facebook page to tearing you apart.

That’s just one of many problems facing the man behind a Kansas company that customers accuse of bilking them out of thousands of dollars.

Josh Kleinschmit is one of those customers demanding a refund from Jimmy Wolf, owner of Midwest Construction Services. Kleinschmit said $30,000 is out.

“He had references,” Kleinschmit said, referring to Wolfe and his company. “He had buildings that he built. He was very impressive.”

Furthermore, Wolfe did not ask for any money up front when Kleinschmit agreed to hire him.

“He came here, brought the equipment and went to work,” Kleinschmit said.

For several days, Wolfe had been busily preparing the site where the barn would stand. So when Wolfe asked Kleinschmit for $30,000 to buy metal trusses, lumber and concrete to build the barn, Kleinschmit had no qualms about giving it to him.

That was a mistake. Kleinschmit never saw Wolf again. All he got for his money are excuses.

“Well, the weather came out and he said we can’t do concrete, we have too much snow,” Kleinschmit said. “Then his grandfather or surrogate grandfather died.

Two weeks later, Wolfe claimed something had happened to his daughter.

Not long after that, Wolfe stopped bothering to return Kleinschmitt’s calls.

“Text him, call him, send him anything on Facebook, complete radio silence,” Kleinschmit said.

Kleinschmit is not alone in wanting his money back. FOX4 Problem Solvers also spoke with Jeremy Harris in Sedan, Kansas. He said Wolfe owed him $17,000.

“I guess $17,000 might not be a lot to some people, but $17,000 is a lot of money to me,” Harris said.

Like Kleinschmit, Harris hired Wolfe to build a pole barn on his property near the Oklahoma border. As with Kleinschmit, Wolfe disappeared after Harris gave him a deposit.

Both men have already demanded a refund several times.

“I told him if he didn’t have the money, he would never step on my property again,” Harris said.

Their stories are identical to many others who have shared their frustrations on a Facebook page dedicated to the Jimmy Wolf expose.

The 29-year-old owns Midwest Construction Services and an excavation company. Problem Solvers could not find any registration for them with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

We also checked Kansas court records that show Wolfe has a bad habit of not paying his bills. Everyone from a gas station to a grocery store sued him at least nine times.

Despite that less-than-stellar record, Wolfe tried to run for mayor of Peru, Kansas last year. He lost.

FOX4 Problem Solvers wanted to hear Wolfe’s side of this whole mess. We called him but got a recording that won’t let you leave a message.

We texted him asking him to hear his side. He quickly wrote back, “He will.” That was a month ago. We never heard of him.

So Jimmy Wolfe for taking your customers money and never doing any work and then not even picking up the phone to defend yourself, you are now an official member of the FOX4 Problem Solvers Hall of Shame.

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