Fencing company stole my money, families tell News 6

Fencing company stole my money, families tell News 6


>>>TONIGHT, SEVERAL CENTRAL FLORIDA FAMILIES SAY THEY’RE OUT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE OF ONE COMPANY.>>>THE OWNER HAS BEEN ARESED FOR FRAUD AND SOME BELIEVE HE COULD STILL BE AT IT. INVESTIGATOR LOUIS BOLDEN IS AT TH WINTER GARDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT.>>Reporter: THEY ARE STILL ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING JACOB AFTER ARRESTING HIM. HE CLAIMS TO INSTALL ALL TYPES OF FENCING. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EVER PRICE ED THIS STUFF, BUT IT COULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE. AND SEVERAL FAMILIES TELL ME THEY WERE TAKEN.>>SEARCHING ONLINE, McMURPHY’S FENCING MAY SEEM LIKE THE PERFECT COMPANY. BOASTING QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP, WHETHER YOU WANT WOOD, VINYL, OHHER A CHAIN LINKED, THEY CAN BUILD IT. VIRGINIA AND JOE WANTED A FENCE TO LET THEIR PUPPIES PLAY IN THE BACKYARD. IN JANUARY, THEY SIGN ED THIS CONTRACT WITH McMURPHY FENCING. PAYING NEARLY $2,000 FOR THE JOB, $1,100 CASH UP FRONT.>>HE’S GOT THE RIGHT WORDS. THAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND HE TURNS AROUND AND SCAMS YOU.>>>TWO MONTHS LATER AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT, THEY STILL HAD NO FENCE AND PLENTY OF MESSAGES LIKE THIS.>>THIS IS JAKE [INDISCERNIBLE] FENCE. WE’RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO MAKE THIOATE WEEK THE WAY IT’S LOOKING.>>>DAYS AFTER THEY GOT THAT MESSAGE, THEY ARRESTED 35-YEAR-OLD FOR FRAUD AND GRAND THEFT AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY RIPPED OFF JASON.>>I TOLD MY WIFE WE’VE BEEN ROBBED.>>Reporter: HE NEED ED A FENCE FOR HIS SPECIAL NEEDS DAUGHTER AND SERVICE DOGS. HE GAVE HIM $2,100 UP FRONT AND HAD TO PAY ANOTHER COMPANY ANOTHER $5,000 BECAUSE HE SAYS McMURPHY NEVER SHOWED UP.>>THE ONLY THING TO DO IS TO PUT HIM AWAY AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNOW S THAT HE IS A THIEF.>>Reporter: THIS COUPLE IS BY NO MEANS ALONE. THEY RECEIVED MORE THAN A DOZEN COMPLAINTS FROM CONSUMERS FROM ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA WHO SAY THEY PAID HIM THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BUT NEVER GOT FENCES. NEWS 6 HAS LEARNED THE STATE IS SUING HIM FOR DECEPTIVE AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES. ASKING THE COURT TO ORDER HIM TO CEASE OPERATIONS AND CLOSE PERMANENTLY. BUT WE FOUND OUT HE’S OUT ON BOND. SO IF HE’S OUT ON BOND, YOU THINK HE’S STILL SCAMMING PEOPLE.>>DEFINITELY.>>Reporter: THEY SAY CENTRAL FLORIDA RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE.>>I THINK HE SHOULD SERVE TIME. I THINK THAT HE’S HURT ENOUGH PEOPLE. I HOPE HE NEVER GETS A CHANCE TO DO IT AGAIN.>>Reporter: I TRY ED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM TO GET HIS SIDE HE LEFT ME A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE SAYING HE IS NOT A THIEF AND A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS OWNER.

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