LOUISA - A judge has found a man at the center of an 8News investigation into contractor fraud guilty of contracting without a license.
8News confronted Duwan Mundin in July about taking more than $30,000 from Robin Rucker, an area widow, leaving her with a half constructed porch that legitimate contractors described as a death trap.
"This guy knew that my husband had recently passed and I think he thought it was a good opportunity for him to run a scam," Rucker says. "He was just asking for more money."
And to add insult to injury, what work Mundin did do was so shoddy it had to be torn down because it wasn't up to code.
"It's not acceptable. Not at all," says contractor Chris Mawyer. "I wouldn't have this guy build me a dog house it was that bad."
When building the porch foundation, Mundin poured tons of concrete over the top of ply wood and hollow fence posts causing it to badly buckle.
"It's a safety hazard for that concrete to be like that because if it should fall somebody could potentially die," Mawyer says.
At first glance, Mundin was the picture of a successful businessman.
On top of owning a construction company, he claimed on Facebook to be a motivational speaker and CEO of the "Mundin Group LLC," part of a multi-level marketing company where he was a top producing national director and had 100 individuals contributing to his income every month. He wrote "crazy! I couldn't be broke again if I tried."
When 8News dug into Mundin's past, it was a different story entirely.
In 2005, Mundin was convicted of taking more than a $1,000 from a Richmond man for construction work he never performed.
In Henrico, he was found guilty of prohibited acts by a contractor and in Chesterfield County, he was convicted of construction fraud for taking nearly $1,000 to tear down an old porch and build a new brick one…a job he never completed.
And as for not being able to "be broke if he tried," that was apparently less than the truth.
After being arrested for contracting without a license at, Mundin filled out court paperwork claiming he was unemployed and needed a court appointed attorney.
A Louisa County judge ordered Mundin to 18 months of jail time after he pled guilty to three counts of contracting without a license.
Rucker has filed a civil suit hoping to recoup her lost money but says she's not holding out hope.
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