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Confrontation with unlicensed contractor gets heated

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This unlicensed contractor was not happy to see 3 On Your Side. (Source: 3TV) This unlicensed contractor was not happy to see 3 On Your Side. (Source: 3TV)
After offering to make the couple's driveway look brand new, the two men and J.B.M. Construction did nothing more than glaze over the driveway with what looks like watered-down paint. (Source: 3TV) After offering to make the couple's driveway look brand new, the two men and J.B.M. Construction did nothing more than glaze over the driveway with what looks like watered-down paint. (Source: 3TV)
Bruce O'Neal and Bess Konrad said they should have done their research before hiring the men. (Source: 3TV) Bruce O'Neal and Bess Konrad said they should have done their research before hiring the men. (Source: 3TV)
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An elderly Flagstaff couple says they can't believe they were duped out of $2,500.  So, what does the guy who scammed them have to say for himself?
   
The guy 3 On Your Side has been chasing said he hasn't done anything wrong.  He said he did a job and got paid for it.
   
But the job he did was sub-par at best, and his reaction when 3 On Your Side caught up with him spoke volumes.

Unlicensed contractor: (Comes out yelling) "Why are you still in front of this house. Is there a reason? Get [expletive deleted] out of here, get [expletive deleted] outta here!”

3 On Your Side wanted to talk to this guy, but he certainly didn't want to talk to us.

Unlicensed contractor: (screaming) "Go! Right now! Get outta here right now! You're still recording me?!"

He might have been angry because 3 On Your Side found him, but apparently he has another side to him. 
   
It's a side that Bess Konrad and Bruce O'Neal said they know very well.
   
"We had just driven in and parked in the garage, and a man was standing behind me and said, 'Ma'am, your driveway is in bad shape it needs fixing,'" Konrad said.

Konrad and her husband live in Flagstaff. They said they knew their driveway was starting to show its age.
   
When two unlicensed contractors who claimed to be with a company called J.B.M. Construction showed up out of nowhere and offered to make the couple's driveway look brand new, they agreed.
   
But that repair job, according to Konrad and O'Neal, turned into a con job.  
   
The two men and J.B.M. Construction did nothing more than glaze over the driveway with what looks like watered-down paint.      
   
They then demanded $2,500 from the couple for their hard work and asked that the check be made out to Johnny Marko.

"They obviously scammed us, took advantage of us, and robbed us," O'Neal said. "That's the way I feel about this." 

So, who would do this to two senior citizens?

3 On Your Side has learned that J.B.M Construction does not even exist; it's a fictitious company. But remember, the check was made out to Johnny Marko.

3 On Your Side has pieced together that John Marko is tied to a little business called Big John's Auto Body located just off the Loop 202 and Alma School Road.

But as 3 On Your Side found out, Big John's Auto Body doesn't exist either.
   
It's supposed to be near some massage parlors and other businesses, but some workers we ran into said Johnny Marko simply brings them third-party automotive work to do, and claims there is no Big John's.

"So, he finds you work and just subs it out to you guys?" Harper asked.

"He's the middle man," one of the workers replied.

So, if neither Big John's nor J.B.M. Construction exist, who is Johnny Marko?
   
Our investigation revealed Johnny Marko lives at a home in Gilbert. 3 On Your Side went there to get answers.

A woman inside the house claims she knows Johnny Marko, but as 3 On Your Side tries to leave, a man came out.
   
He says he's not Johnny Marko, but later acknowledges he was one of the two unlicensed contractors who poured that watered-down product on to Konrad's and O'Neal's driveway.
   
He went inside and when he came back out moments later, he was not happy.

Hours after this confrontation, the guy called 3 On Your Side and told said he would consider returning the $2,500 to Konrad and O'Neal, but he never did. 

Looking back on their ordeal, Konrad and O'Neal said there are several things they should have done before allowing any work on their driveway.

  • They should have researched the company further, including checking with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to confirm the men were licensed.
  • They also should have gotten at least three different bids from licensed contractors
  • Finally, they said say they never should have hired two guys who showed up out of the clear blue soliciting work.

O'Neal has warning for other homeowners.
  
"Anyone that comes up, drives up to your driveway and wants to do something, run them off," he said.

Konrad and O'Neal said  they have not received any of their money back yet.  

3 On Your Side will stay on top of this one and let you know what happens.

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