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INTERIOR DESIGN SCAM

In April 2015 I contacted the interior design firm, Bella Designs, based on an advertisement I'd seen in a home magazine. Janis Roux followed up on my inquiry, presenting herself to me (using a fake name - Janis Riddle) as an interior designer who owned the firm. We had a few meetings and Janis provided several proposals for work to be done on my home. Unaware of her real identity and corresponding fraudulent history, in May 2015 I contracted with her to provide several interior design services (painting, etc.) as well as furniture orders. I paid the 50% deposit she requested to begin the scheduling and ordering process, for six different proposals. During the month of June, some work was actually completed (which she later wrote a fraudulent check to the contractor for, even though I had paid her), but four proposals were outstanding. The remaining services and furniture were never provided … I spent months getting various excuses from Janis about why she didn’t attend appointments, why appointments needed to be rescheduled, why the crew didn’t show up, etc. Most of these were health-related, to undoubtedly garner sympathy. When I finally said I wanted my deposit money back and she agreed, I spent more time waiting for her to deliver the deposit check owed me, which of course she has never provided. After I realized she had passed a bad check to the subcontractor for the work that had been done on my home as part of one proposal, Janis ceased all communications with me - she would not and has not returned any emails, texts, or phone calls to try to resolve this matter. After I realized her true identity, I found a long history of consumer fraud, court judgments ($600K+) against her for similar instances, and in fact criminal charges for theft, which I am also pursuing against her. I would STRONGLY advise against working with Janis... appears to be a nice person, but is actually a seasoned *** artist with a fraudulent history dating back decades . Search the name "Janis Roux" (her legal identity) to find more complaints... Because she uses a fake name so often, here is a link to a photo of her, obviously taken many years ago as she looks closer to 60 now. http://jroux.tripod.com/main.html - click on Meet the Designers, then Janis. I believe this is an old website from when she actually ran a real firm.
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I use to work for the women. She has done this to her customers for over a decade that I know of.

She also ripped off other designers that worked for her or with her, employees, contractors, vendors and builders. When she collects enough money and can't lie her way out of a situation anymore, she just closes shop, waits a few months(goes on vacation) and starts back up again under a new name with new vendors. She is not a designer.

She is a ***-artist.

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Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reason of review
Poor customer service

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