'Sugar Daddy' conman's building business under fire
Lorenzo Suarez first featured on A Current Affair three years ago, accused of ripping off a woman he'd connected with on a "Sugar Daddy" website.
Now the convicted conman is back in the spotlight, this time under investigation for allegedly failing to deliver on building works through his business, The Dirt Guys.
Karyn Steele claims she paid Suarez a deposit of more than $8000 nine months ago to build a deck and she didn't get much for her money.
"There's virtually nothing to show for any work that's been done here except for four holes in the ground," Karyn told A Current Affair reporter Chris Allen.
Stacey Simpson says she hired Suarez to build a retaining wall and fence and the work was so bad she had to hire someone else to fix it all up.
She believes by the end of the ordeal, she will be out of pocket around $10,000.
"Oh shoddy to say the least, I mean it was absolutely deplorable," Ms Simpson told A Current Affair as she described the work done by Mr Suarez.
Both Ms Steele and Ms Simpson say Suarez charged them a 50 percent deposit, which is a breach of Queensland's building regulations.
They say he also got them to sign quotes instead of contracts which is also against the law, and worse still, none of the work he carried out was council approved.
"I paid the deposit in January and about two weeks later they came and removed the old walkway and then I got 14 holes dug in the ground, by the time April came I still didn't have any other work completed," Ms Steele said.
What Ms Steele and Ms Simpson didn't know is that Suarez has been to jail twice for fraud.
In fact, the second lot of offences were committed while he was on parole for the first lot, and he was sent back to prison.
When Suarez was approached by A Current Affair to explain these latest accusations, he was swift to tell reporter Chris Allen to simply talk to his lawyer.
Head of state building watchdog Queensland Building and Construction Commission Brett Bassett says that in the last 12 months, they have received numerous complaints about Suarez and have cancelled his licence.
The QBCC also fined him $9000 for the deck work he failed to deliver on for Karyn.
"There are examples where they are taking excess deposits and there are examples of once they've taken the deposit they're actually not doing the work or the work is so shoddy that it is not up to the standards that you expect in Queensland," Mr Bassett told A Current Affair.