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Troubleshooters: Woman with unfinished construction job seeking justice

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Linda Kasyan's yard has been covered with building materials, and an unfinished project for the past 3 months. She hired Brian Duffy of C.A.I.D Construction to build a sunroom, but shortly after construction began she realized he never got the required permits to do the work. "It took him almost two months to secure the building permit, and when the inspector did come out here and he did inspect the project, nothing was built to code and the building inspector basically said it needs to be torn down and started over," said Kasyan. Kasyan said Mr. Duffy had no interest in starting over to do the job right. She said instead, he left the job site, kept her money, and took a lot of the building materials she had purchased with him. "Nightmare, absolute nightmare. I was sick. I'm still sick," said Kasyan. Kasyan is trying to take Duffy to small claims court. The problem is, New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies can not find him to serve his summons. They have tried seven times with no luck. It turns out, Kasyan is not the only one looking for him. There are also outstanding warrants for his arrest, for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife. Attorneys say there are other avenues to pursue in situations like this. Attorney Neil Weber said, "Obviously in order to sue someone and get a judgment, the person has to be put on notice and have an opportunity to be heard, but if somebody could just fly the coop so to speak, and not be heard, it would be unfair that a person with a valid claim could not pursue that claim in the courts." That is why the law allows for service by publication. This means Kasyan has to run a legal notice in the classified section of the paper for the next 3 weeks telling Duffy that he is being sued and is to appear in court. Even if he does not show up for court, Kasyan said having an official judgment filed against him will give her some peace of mind. "It's my understanding I'll never see my money back, but had someone stepped up before me, maybe I wouldn't be in this position. I really want to stop him from scamming someone else," said Kasyan. The legal notice is scheduled to start running in the Star News this week.

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