KRP Home Improvements runs off with $2,400

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - Stephanie Swan says she and her family got a pretty good deal when they bought their Queen Creek home recently.
  
"We came from a small house so this is a wonderful thing to me and I want to keep it up and keep it nice," Stephanie says.
 
Since it's an older home, one of the first things she wanted to update was her sliding glass patio doors, which are located upstairs and downstairs.

The doors are hard to open and since the levers are broken, she uses a piece of wood to lock up her house.
 
Stephanie decided to hire a handyman by the name of James Pender who runs a business called KRP Home Improvements to replace those doors.

She describes James Pender as a smooth-talker who convinced her into writing him a check for the total amount of the job, just around $2,400.
 
"He was just the nicest guy you could ever meet," Stephanie tells 3 On Your Side.
 
Well, that nice guy wound up walking away with the check and never showed his face again.
 
"I feel violated. I've never had anything like this happen to me because I am a trusting person," Stephanie explains.
 
I went to James Pender's house in San Tan Valley but no one would ever answer the door.

Stephanie says she's not surprised; James Pender has been hiding from her for months. However, sooner or later, Stephanie Swan says James Pender is going to get caught.
 
"He needs help. I mean, he needs to be off the streets so he doesn't keep conning everybody else out there," she tells us.
 
Another woman tells 3 On Your Side that she was also ripped off the same way by James Pender.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors is looking into the matter.