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ChristBilt Builder Arrested For Stealing Money and Running a Scam

I am never surprised by the amount of fraud that is perpetrated using religion and christianity and as foundation for the scam. I wonder how many people thought they could easily trust a company with Christ in the name?

Out of Atlanta, Charles Laboone, seen getting a free ride in a police car, was arrested for taking money from people for their ChristBuilt structure but never delivering a thing.

ChristBilt Builder Arrested For Stealing Money and Running a Scam
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  • Victim of your fun

    Charles LaBoone died of a drug overdose 3//3/2012.

    He had the papers for a plea agreement he had made with the DA of Paulding GA that he was to sign and return that would have repaid most of the money back that had been established had been stolen in his metal building scam. But died before signing them.

    Ashley LaBoone divorced Charles to protect assets now going by the name of Ashley Waggoner. But by no means is she innocent. She managed to enjoy the money till it ran out and not have to pay for the crime. However Ashley what goes around comes around my dear.

  • BlackSparticus

    Charles Anthony LaBoone’s father is a registered sex offender incarcerated in VA for rape, sodomy, and production of child pornography. He’s been locked up since 1990 and is set for release in 2014.
    Google Charles Anthony LaBoone and search further down on the next few pages and you will see a listing for incarcerated sex offenders.

  • Bill

    Laboone has been extradited back to Paulding County Ga awaiting trial for the felony charges. 

  • Bill

    Laboone is currently in jail awaiting extradition from Colorado to Georgia to face the felony charges.

  • steel building

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  • Prevost

    Roy, he hasn’t been to court yet, but his day will come.

  • Roy Sawyers

    Yes I am also a victm, I posted on here 02/242010
    I made a complaint to Paulding Police but have not heard anything.
    Has he been in court yet and how can he set up a new company and keep this con up?

    Roy Sawyers CEO. Waterways Golf Resort, Belfast NY http://www.sixsgolf.com

  • Prevost

    He changed it again. http://www.metalbuildingengineers.com. Still haven’t gotten my money back and it has been over a year. Grand Jury will hear this case, just not sure when. There will be a new DA in Paulding County in January, and he will be motivated to prosecute these cases.

  • Steve Rhode

    He’s back already? That didn’t take long.

  • Bill

    His new company is MBMA Engineering. He tries to mark up engineering drawings ripping people off. Read all about this little weazel before you even consider buying from him.

  • Bill

    His new company is MBMA Engineering. He tries to mark up engineering drawings ripping people off. Read all about this little weazel before you even consider buying from him.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      He’s back already? That didn’t take long.

    • Prevost

      He changed it again. http://www.metalbuildingengineers.com. Still haven’t gotten my money back and it has been over a year. Grand Jury will hear this case, just not sure when. There will be a new DA in Paulding County in January, and he will be motivated to prosecute these cases.

      • Roy Sawyers

        Yes I am also a victm, I posted on here 02/242010
        I made a complaint to Paulding Police but have not heard anything.
        Has he been in court yet and how can he set up a new company and keep this con up?

        Roy Sawyers CEO. Waterways Golf Resort, Belfast NY http://www.sixsgolf.com

      • Prevost

        Roy, he hasn’t been to court yet, but his day will come.

  • montana fred

    kind of surprising, but well done. my wife and i, are one of the lucky ones, we got a call january 1st from the man, i had challenged him and he become quite defensive, i believe it was new years eve drink that gave him the courage to say what he said. he might have what he has on earth but one day he will face the man, oh, if you read this, they, do have bible studies in the big house, check it out. montana fred

  • montana fred

    kind of surprising, but well done. my wife and i, are one of the lucky ones, we got a call january 1st from the man, i had challenged him and he become quite defensive, i believe it was new years eve drink that gave him the courage to say what he said. he might have what he has on earth but one day he will face the man, oh, if you read this, they, do have bible studies in the big house, check it out. montana fred

  • Kim Eder

    Let me be perfectly clear! Since I’ve posted on this site I have received numerous calls from Charles. So I will again clarify what I’ve said before. Yes, we received what we needed THROUGH THE MANUFACTURER because of their diligence and professionalism to remedy our snow load problem. And because we were getting absolutely nowhere with Christbilt, otherwise I wouldn’t have approached the manufacturer to begin with. THE WAY WE UNDERSTAND IT IS: The Steel Building manufacturer sent us what we needed, not Christbilt. Christbilt told us he was “done with us” and if I hadn’t put the pressure on the manufacturer the pieces would still be laying in our yard. Yes, we got our building up. When I said “I would do anything I could to put/keep him in jail” I only meant that I would be more than happy to forward any of my information along to the DA. If the DA tells me that we are not useful, I will let the matter rest as it does not pertain to us. But if the DA tells me that it is useful I’m glad to hand it over.

    I feel sorry for any of his victims. Our building is up after a year long battle because I was tenacious in pursing it. He called my husband a “dumb, uneducated farmer that can’t read” when he referred to his contract and the snow load issue that we were having. Never did he admit any wrongdoing and always put the blame on the city or on us.

    Oh, and by the way Charles…. The police have been notified already so stop calling us! You certainly aren’t making it any better for yourself. If we do happen to be added to the witness list you’ll be tampering with a witness!

    For those of you who are interested: There are a number of reputable steel building companies out there and I’m sorry that you’ve had a bad experience like us. He seemed okay before we began this long nightmare and I’m more than grateful for the help we’ve received from the manufacturer. Any reputable company will go over the contract with you, help you in any way they can and treat you respectfully. Good luck to you all.

  • http://[email protected] kim eder

    Patty – I am terribly sorry for any other victims out there! We thought we were an isolated incident! I too feel bad for anyone who sent him money. Regardless of when it was! we contacted him through a buy and sell type of advertisement. I didn’t see anything on the internet at the time. I went after the manufacturer and thankfully a very nice manager helped us out at THEIR expense! Only after repeated complaints and attempts! They got tired of hearing from me so they made it good for him.they realized I wasn’t going to go away. They also told me that they weren’t selling to him anymore.I thought he was out of business at that point! Our plans were stamped by a licensed engineer. Everything looked as if it was a big mistake on his part and he just wasn’t going to make good on it unless we sent him more money which we refused to do! I won’t take any bashing because he was great at what he did! Don’t try to make us feel responsible for other victims! We feel responsible only for ourselves being scammed and let me say that we beat ourselves up over this many times. I don’t have time most days to surf the internet. I work full time and have a family. The only reason I know about this now is because someone I work with is putting up a bldg and I got curious and looked to see if he was still in business. I also have extenuating circumstances that I’m not willing to post on this site. We got our bldg up and I wasn’t going on a personal crusade after that when I didn’t see anything on him. We are willing to help even though we got our bldg up. It was a long battle that trust me wed love nothing more than to put behind us. The less time we spend with that man in our minds the better off we are. You make it sound like we are responsible for more of his scams. What about the people before us? Should I blame them? Of course not that’s why they say “buyer beware”! Like I said before, I will contact the district attorney and give them all I have on Charles. Your posting sounded a little bit like you were attacking us and that’s certainly not the way to get people on your side! I completely understand any frustration from his victims and of course I can sympathize having been one myself.

  • Patty Bretin

    Kim – I sincerely hope Mr. LaBoone’s victims can take you at your word – “He belongs in jail and I will personally do everything I can…”. We look forward to your experiences being added to the files currently held at the office of the Paulding County District Attourney -

    F.A. (Drew) Lane
    Paulding County Judicial Circuit
    280 Constitution BlVD.
    Dallas, Georgia 30132

    Reference – State vs. Charles Anthony LaBoone, Warrant No. 10-273, 10-274

    CHRISTbilt’s fraudulent protocol was clearly systematic by the time I was tricked into sending my deposit to the company. After spending several months being shocked and stunned by what happened, I sat down at the computer and posted a synopsis of my experience on Yahoo.local. This website had two meekly worded comments from slightly disgruntled customers. Those two comments were the only samples of customer commentary I could find on the internet. My intuition told me that there had to be more to the story – perhaps other “customers” were out there as well. My comment did attract comments from others.

    Through the internet we (victims) were able to find each other and bolster the courage to amass enough information to get the support of criminal law enforcement professionals. In the meantime, Mr. LaBoone immortalised himself on the world-wide-web with self defense diatribes that qualify him as a candidate for the Darwin Award. (see googledocs links below) Unfortunately, he only shot himself in the foot.

    I don’t know what actions you took to make yourself heard. None of us (victims that followed after you) ever heard or saw your story anywhere. I do believe that everything happens for a reason, so I do believe that I am on the list of victims for a reason. However, I am still sad to think that if you had posted your story in any one of the multitude www consumer sites, many people after you would have never written Mr. LaBoone a cheque.

    Personally, I feel I owe an apology to those who sent cheques in September, October and November of 2009. Those were the months that I spent following my husband’s advice – “Don’t complain – maybe we’ll still get our building…”.

    http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASGDNdP3DPz9ZG1nZHI0Y182aHJmNXY5ZGs&hl=en
    http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASGDNdP3DPz9ZG1nZHI0Y18yZHZubTNoa2I&hl=en

  • Kim Eder

    My husband and I have also been scammed by this horrible man. We purchased a building from him and the entire building failed our building codes. We had a signed contract that stated he would handle everything. We tried to go after his engineer but had no luck. Makes you wonder if the engineer might have some responsibilities as well? Charles was awful to us, calling me some names that I wouldn’t repeat, much less on this website. He also called my husband many things and told us he basically had our money and we are on our own. We went after Steel Buildings manufacturer and they did help us a little. It was almost a year long hassle and we learned a very hard lesson – buy local!!! He too, bragged about why he named his company Christbilt as if it meant anything to him! He belongs in jail and I will personally do everything I can to keep him there!

    • Prevost

      Kim, I forgot to mention in my comment above that the Grand Jury will hear these cases soon so it is important for you to send the District Attorney your information as soon as possible so they can review it. Please email me and I can help you.

  • Patty Bretin

    Criminal charges are still pending on this issue. The grand jury in Paulding County sits each month. I will share the information on when the indictment will be read as soon as the case is scheduled.

  • Flicks

    Sadly this gentleman is one more of the over half a dozen new victims that have come forward with the same story since we first got our story aired letting the public know of this scam. The scammer Charles Laboone is now pressing false civil suits in the wrong states for our efforts to put him out of business, adding that we falsely had him imprisoned and convinced TV News Crews to not only tape his arrest but air it. Pretty amazing we can pull this off if the investigation had not turned up mountains of evidence won’t you say?

    Sorry to add you to the club but email me at [email protected] and I can give you more information regarding pending lawsuits and other actions being taken against Christbilt.

  • http://www.sawyersgroup.com Roy Sawyers

    We are another victim in this man’s Con.
    We are an Irish leisure development company and we own a Golf resort at Belfast New York USA.
    Last October we placed an order with Christbilt and paid our deposit on condition that we got our stamped blueprints in 21 days and our steel building by January 11th, we had demolished our old clubhouse to make way for this new building and timing was important so that we could have our new clubhouse ready for the start of this golf season.
    All we got was one excuse after another and everyone was to blame but not him.
    After loads of emails and phone calls he said that he would refund our deposit but the next day he retraced this and said that we where messing him around and he blamed everyone including our local permit guy for not giving him the correct info on snow loads etc, We are now passing our file to the police and can now see that we are not alone.
    Hope justice can be done.
    Roy.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Roy,

      Truly a horrible experience but a good example of how a scam can have more harm that just the theft of the money. In your case you knocked down the other clubhouse in anticipation of the new building. What are you going to do now that you are out your deposit and without a clubhouse?

      Steve

      • http://www.sawyersgroup.com Roy Sawyers

        We are remodeling and old farmhouse that is on the property, in hope we can get going for April 1st
        Roy

      • Prevost

        Good Luck, Roy. We are also victims, and had to come up with an alternate plan for a building. We sent our money in September for a building that was to be used for work. We have been greatly inconvenienced as you have. I’m sorry to hear that the scam runs so widespread. Did you learn of Christbilt through eBay?
        Thanks, A. Prevost

        P.S. Steve, Thank you for opening this discussion.

    • Flicks

      PS you will want to check out the stamp on your plans. Our reviewer noticed that the red stamp was Charles stamp and not that of a licensed engineer, and a complaint was issued for the State of Colorado to look into. He is not a licensed engineer and like us I’m sure you paid for engineer plans, just one aspect of his scam. Please post if your red stamp has his signature. Thanks.

    • Kim Eder

      You got the same run around that we did! Same snow load bull, etc. Our story is so parallel it ridiculous! We fought with the city over this because he said it was their fault. He said it was the engineer’s fault at one point, then he said it was the manufacturer at another time. I hope we all get justice. I would love to have the police contact info to add our information to the list of people scammed. Please post it as I just recently came across this message board. Thank you.

  • david

    You people are not alone. Thank God it happen in Ga. The law enforcement was on top of this. I along wit 75 to date lost money on a similar scam in Florida that has been going on for two years the people have not been arrested and continue today. united steel building scam is on the web just google united steel building scam and read the horror stories. Florida has turned a blind eye to this crim. Their motto is the golden rule do unto others as you would hve them do unto you. It is bad that it happen but it was stoped very quickly. David

  • Flicks

    Feb. 10, 2010 eBay listened to the victims and have removed Christbilt from their website. Charles LaBoone is out of the business of stealing customers money.

  • Flicks

    The video of the arrest is above in this article and here is a copy of another TV News Report now posted on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a89R1oTNMYM

    And what would Jesus do? As good as my God is he still made Hell with a purpose in mind. I’ve noticed that men will use his name in sin for a season but he always has the truth come to light and punished even if they are ministers. Why would he overlook this man. He wouldn’t and neither should anyone else. The days of stoning are past but not prison.

  • Bob Kolburn

    Wow….that is sad if all this is true….however I am always skeptical of what I read on the internet. Has this man been to court yet or has he just been charged? I dont think that it is right for people who are upset becasue he used Christ in the name of his company to be convicting him before he has even stood trial! and if it is true what would Jesus do? Turn the other cheek?

  • http://www.800TAG5150.com Roland Chick

    I am greatly saddened with scammers that “claim” Christ’s name improperly. Adolf Hilter also “claimed” to be a Christian. I was almost scammed by him too.

    When I said ‘no’ to him, lil’ Charlie Laboone Jr could not hold back his true violent nature. This ‘male’ needs to be brought to justice.

    “Sometimes There’s Justice…Sometimes There’s Just Us”.

    LMK what I can do to help.

    Roland Chick
    [email protected]
    1(800)824-5150

  • http://sandiegobillproblems.com Carl Starrett

    I don’t hide my religious and political beliefs from potential clients and it infuriates meet when someone runs a scam in the name of Jesus to make a buck or two. If someone is going to claim something like Christianity and they can “talk the talk”, it is sometimes easier to build trust with the intended victims. I just hope that the victims are able to get some assistance in getting their money back.
    .-= Carl Starrett´s last blog ..Should Christians File for Bankruptcy? =-.

  • Flicks

    I lost $15K to this company. I paid for a building in full and 2/3 of a second building. I have been called everything under the sun by this man that also told me why he named his company the way he did, and how he stood behind the name. God is patience by will not let his name being used for such a scam go unpunished, in my opinion. If nothing else let this be a warning to all of us that these criminals will prey on us even knowing the power of the name.

  • Patty Bretin

    I am one of many individuals bilked by this man, his wife and one employee. Mr. LaBoone is now facing criminal charges. I am working towards having the charges expanded to include the woman working in CHRISTbilt’s “legal department”, as she was a large part of the scam in my particular case. Mrs. Ashley LaBoone is the CEO of the company, and thus the actions of her husband fall to her hand as well.

    I am very disappointed to find that EBay has been supporting CHRISTbilt’s scam by providing him with such great advertising. EBay spends so much energy outlining it’s policies on how they work to protect consumers and prevent such scams. Here is an example of how there system is not working. In fact, the false sense of confidence they in still in EBay shoppers is a great detriment to a safe marketplace.

    Thank you for reporting on this story. These days, consumers need all the help they can get when it comes to avoiding scams.

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