Metro family says local contractor owes them money for their work

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro family wants the money they say a local contractor owes them.

Court documents show  the owner of the company has a history of not paying suppliers.

Now folks who have worked for him say they've gotten cheated too.

Physical labor isn't easy for Erica Hair because she has lupus.

But her family needed the money, and she enjoys painting, so she did some work for Kevin Maxwell, who owns Construction Solutions.

Her husband also did work for him up until about two months ago when he stopped getting paid.

"We're struggling, and I feel it's dishonest. I feel that when you put in a hard day's work, you ought to get paid for it," Hair said.

Mr. Hair did siding and trimwork at the Beaumont Apartments in Norman with two other friends.

They say Maxwell owes them $2,500, a lot of money for a single income family of four like Erica's.

"We had to go get food stamps for the first time ever in my life," Hair said.

She stopped painting for Maxwell this summer because he was behind on paying her then.

"It was, 'well I can give you $100 this week, but you'll have to wait till next week to get the rest of your money,'" Hair says, "It puts us in a very hard place. We expected to be paid and be able to pay our bills. Now I owe an electric bill I had to make three different payment arrangements on."

Their calls to Maxwell go unanswered.

NewsChannel 4 called him Tuesday but just got his voicemail.

They're looking for work, but are hoping to get paid for the hard work they've already done.

The family is warning others about doing business with Maxwell.

"I don't want him to cheat anybody else," Hair said.