June 15, 2024

Desa Vazquez is eager to make the piece of property in Mansfield, Massachusetts, she is standing on, her home.

Being a mother of three children, she saved for many years in her demanding healthcare industry job to afford a home.

With her sights set on construction, she found contractor Liam McNeil of LHS Construction through online research. The contractor’s extremely positive reviews, coupled with the fact that he was a fellow nurse, gave her confidence.

To start her dream project, Vazquez paid a hefty $40,000 deposit for land clearing and foundation laying. However, after the contractor asked for additional payments, Vazquez wanted proof of expenditure, since on her land, only a few trees had been felled.

Shockingly, soon after this request, the contractor announced bankruptcy, and Vazquez’s deposit money was nowhere to be found.

![Desa Vazquez shows us the piece of property she eventually hopes to call home](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Desa-Vazquez-2.jpg)

Similarly, Alyssa Pacheco was informed of McNeil’s bankruptcy the night before Thanksgiving.

Pacheco had come home to find the person who had laid the foundation for her home improvement project. He had an account of unpaid invoices from McNeil and news of his bankruptcy.

Pacheco had already spent upwards of $100,000 on this project, which she expected to result in a two-car garage and additional living space. But the non-payment for lumber stood as a grim reminder of little to no progress.

![Alyssa Pacheco’s home](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Alyssa-Pacheco-2.jpg)

Furthermore, Sean Tully, whose backyard in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood is filled with a gaping hole, is another victim of McNeil’s schemes.

Tully had intended to build a new garage and had given a $17,000 deposit to McNeil. Apart from the dig work to create the hole, the project was at a standstill. As the hole began filling with water, Tully feared his neighbours’ fences would collapse into it.

![The hole outside Sean Tully’s West Roxbury home](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sean-Tully-2.jpg)

Jen Rowan, a nurse, had also trusted McNeil when they worked at the same hospital on the South Shore.

Rowan hired McNeil to build an addition to her Weymouth home, only to find her house exposed to the elements due to project delays. Repairing water and mold damage, on top of the original $100,000 paid, meant additional financial burden.

McNeil’s bankruptcy documents reveal that he owes money to 50 to 100 people, including homeowners, subcontractors, vendors, and former employees. His debts also include multiple credit cards and lines of credit.

Records reveal that McNeil’s construction business opened in September 2021.

During a phone call in January with creditors, he claimed obliviousness to his company’s egregious financial state just a day before he informed his customer about his bankruptcy decision. A series of questions regarding the claim on funds left both the homeowners and McNeil in a state of unrest over the missing money.

![Desa Vazquez and her property in Mansfield](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Desa-Vasquez-property.png)

Despite claiming he wasn’t “prepared to have a business,” McNeil denies using company assets for his personal expenses and maintains there was no malicious intention in his actions, blaming terrible management and overwhelming expenses.

As he developed his business, the homeowners found there were many inconsistencies in McNeil’s story. The trust is set to make a decision regarding the bankruptcy in May. The homeowners, while not optimistic about recovering their funds, seek justice and accountability.

In an interesting twist, records show that a family member of McNeil had faced a similar situation with their construction business, which will be revealed in a future report.

Frequently Asked Questions

How was the nurse-turned-contractor able to trick so many people?

His position as a nurse practitioner, coupled with the fact that Desa Vazquez and Jen Rowan were also in the healthcare field established an initial sense of trust. That, combined with his positive reviews online, made them believe that McNeil was a reliable contractor. As we have seen, this was not the case.

Why wasn’t the problem discovered sooner?

McNeil managed the payments in such a way that kept the problem hidden for a while. The problem was discovered when further payments were requested without solid evidence of work done on the previous payments. When Vazquez and Pacheco pushed for proof, McNeil declared bankruptcy, and the truth was revealed.

What will happen to homeowners that lost money in this case?

In cases of bankruptcy, often people who are owed money get little to nothing back. The trustee overseeing the case will make a recommendation about whether the bankruptcy should move forward in May. While they aren’t hopeful about reclaiming their lost funds, the defrauded homeowners hope for some form of justice or accountability.