Contractor leaves house in shambles, says homeowner is getting on his nerves

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - CBS4 is getting answers for an Indianapolis woman whose house is in shambles.

In June, Beverly Smith hired Eddie Cox with E&M Construction to fix her falling porch and put down a driveway. She paid more than $10,000 up front and was told the porch would be done by the Fourth of July holiday.

Her house was beautifully landscaped before the work began. Her late husband had spent years working on the yard. But now, the flowers and bushes are gone and the porch is in disarray. There are even holes in her yard several feet deep. Cox never returned to finish the work.

"It's not. It's not right," said Smith.

She told us Cox stopped returning her calls, until Monday, when he told her he'd been in the hospital for high blood pressure. He told her he'd be back this week to finish the work, but she said he'd broken his promises before.

We ran a check on Cox and found a complaint filed against him at the Attorney General's office. We were told the office wasn't able to locate Cox to pursue any action.

We called Cox and asked him why he hasn't been around? He told us he had been in the hospital for high blood pressure and that Smith "is getting on my nerves." Cox said Smith keeps "complaining all the time about something..." and won't let him finish his work.

He told us he'd return to Smith's house on Thursday to finish the porch.

"It makes you want to cry," said Smith as she looked at her house. All of this hurts even more when she thinks about what her husband would think if he saw what had happened to his yard.

"My husband probably is like, 'Wow.' One of the last things he said to me was, watch yourself, and don't let anybody take advantage of you. That was one of the last things he said to me before he died."

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