SALT LAKE CITY — A Draper man who collected money for home renovation projects but never finished the work — and most times never started — now faces several felony criminal charges.
Jonathan Neal Hocklander, 38, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with nine counts of communications fraud, a second-degree felony.
Hocklander is the owner of Renovo Remodeling, 532 W. 9460 South, and advertised residential remodeling services online.
“Complainants allege that Hocklander would negotiate contracts to provide remodeling services for customers and required full or partial payment upfront for the work. Subsequently, Hocklander provided minimal or no service and abandoned the remodeling projects and offered no refunds for payments,” according to charging documents.
Each of the nine counts Hocklander faces represents a victim or victim family, according to prosecutors, who accuse him of pocketing $81,261 without completing or starting a project. According to charging documents, those include:
- A Salt Lake County couple who paid $21,673 in June 2018 for Hocklander to build a covered deck, but the project was never started.
- A Salt Lake County woman who placed a $6,400 deposit for Hocklander to replace old siding, soffit and fascia on her home in June 2018. No work was ever performed.
- A Salt Lake County man who made a $15,410 deposit to Hocklander in July 2018 to build an addition on his home. No work was ever done.
- In September 2018, a Salt Lake County man who made a $7,000 deposit for Hocklander to build a deck, but no work was ever performed.
- A Salt Lake County man who made a $3,750 deposit in September 2018 for Hocklander to replace siding on his residence. “The work was never started or performed by Renovo and no return of the deposit occurred.”
- A Salt Lake County man who made a $4,500 deposit for Hocklander in September 2018 to remove an existing deck and build a new one. No work was every performed.
- In September and October of 2018, a Salt Lake County man made two deposits totaling $10,000 but only partial work was completed.
- A Salt Lake County woman who made a deposit of $8,150 to have her deck removed and a new one built. No work was ever performed.
- A Utah County woman who made a $4,378 deposit in October 2018 for Hocklander to replace the siding on her home. “Renovo never started the project.”
When questioned by investigators, Hocklander “claimed that his company does not perform the actual construction but that he would find subcontractors to fulfill the contracts. He also alleged that due to problems with his health and bad reviews he received online, he was not able to fulfill many contracts.”