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The owner of a home improvement contracting business is charged in Walworth County Court with several counts of theft—totaling more than $40,000—and failing to adhere to legal standards with his contracts for projects.

A 20-count criminal complaint charges Bullseye General Contracting owner Shannon W. Bullis, 40, of New Berlin, with five counts each for four customers’ cases against Bullis.

Bullis faces four felony counts of theft—two of which are for more than $10,000—and 16 misdemeanor charges for failing to indicate a description of work and products; failing to list start and end dates for projects; failing to provide proper notice of customers’ rights to request lien waivers; and failing to meet other home-improvement-contract requirements.

“Each consumer entered into a written home improvement contract with Bullseye and experienced delays in work being completed or no work ever being done,” the criminal complaint states.

Bullseye General Contracting is a separate company from the similarly named Bullseye Exteriors, which is based out of Evansville. David Ciabatti, a field representative for Bullseye Exteriors, called The Gazette about the clarification, which was later confirmed by state records.

In May, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection began an investigation into Bullis, according to the complaint. On June 12, a Walworth County sheriff’s detective called the department about three complaints of theft by contractor filed with the sheriff’s office regarding Bullis’ company.

The four customers started their projects with Bullis in 2016, the complaint states. They all filed complaints or police reports in February to May 2017.

Customers reported trying to reach Bullis but never being able to do so, according to the complaint.

Bullis owes three of the customers $43,602.74, according to the complaint. One customer’s work was completed in April 2017, but it was not finished within the 60-day time frame in the contract.

This is not Bullis’ only ongoing legal situation. According to the complaint, he is facing:

  • A Walworth County case for unemployment compensation in the amount of $57,305.80.
  • A money judgment for $55,503.84 filed by Milwaukee Builders Supply in Waukesha County Court.
  • A case for a transcript of judgment for $55,513.84 in Milwaukee County Court.
  • A small claims judgment for $1,651.47 filed in Kenosha County Court.

In February 2017, Bullis was found guilty in Kenosha County Court following a no-contest plea to a charge of theft of moveable property for less than $2,500, court records show.

Bullis is due in Walworth County Court for an initial appearance at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 15.

Clarification: This article was updated on Feb. 16 to clarify that Bullseye General Contracting is a separate company from Bullseye Exteriors, which is based out of Evansville. 

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