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Valley woman 'floored' over abandoned project

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Dina Zolin gave $8,500 to an unlicensed contractor to do the floor tiles but he bailed and kept the money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dina Zolin gave $8,500 to an unlicensed contractor to do the floor tiles but he bailed and kept the money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Ricky Parraz said he's working to give the money back. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ricky Parraz said he's working to give the money back. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A Chandler woman shelled out $8,500 for new flooring in her home but the guy she gave the money to decided to keep the cash and walk.

"Anxiety is pretty high," Dina Zolin said.

With a home that looks in disarray, Zolin is pretty upset.

"I prepared myself that it's going to be chaos, and your house is going to be in shambles, but I didn't realize I was going to be living like this for six weeks," Zolin said.

Zolin is frustrated because she had to hire a second company which is in the process of installing floor tile because the first guy she hired took off with her money.

Who would do such a thing? Well, Zolin says Ricky Parraz who runs a company called The Arizona Floor Company.

"I gave him a check for $5,500 for the tile, and he wanted half of the labor cost, so I gave him another $3,000 for the labor cost," Zolin said.

That's $8,500. With that money, Zolin said Parraz dropped off a small amount of tile, certainly a lot less than what she paid for, and then he never returned to start the installation.      

"Then it was one excuse after another," Zolin said.

Zolin shared with 3 On Your Side a series of text messages between her and Parraz who claimed he was delayed due to personal matters and then ultimately he stopped contacting her altogether.

"Oh, it's been awful," Zolin said.

Frustrated, Zolin contacted 3 On Your Side. We discovered the Arizona Floor Company isn't even licensed with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors as required by law.

So, what does Parraz have to say about taking Zolin's $8,500 and taking off?

We went to his house and spoke to a relative who claimed he wasn't home.

"My name is Gary Harper, and I’m with Channel 3. Can I leave my business card and information?” Gary Harper said.

"Yeah," the relative said.

With that information, Parraz immediately called 3 On Your Side back and acknowledged he took Zolin's money and even said he was embarrassed.

"I got into a financial situation where I was trying to rob Peter to pay Paul, and it was just a bad decision on my part,” Parraz said.

Parraz claims he'll try to get the money together and pay back Zolin in a couple of weeks.

We'll see if he lives up to his word. Zolin said she really needs that money because like we said, she had to hire another contractor to finish the job Parraz was paid to do.

"After six weeks of looking at concrete, to look at this tile on the floor right now, I’m ecstatic, and I cannot wait for the whole house to be done," Zolin said.

By the way, Parraz has been given a deadline to pay back the money by March 20. He says he'll use his tax refund and borrow from his mom in order to return the money.

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