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3 On Your Side update: Contractor arrested

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A Valley contractor we've told you about in several reports has finally been arrested. 

His name is Paul La Chance. And 3 On Your Side is very familiar with the many complaints filed against him.

"How are you doing, Paul La Chance?"

For two years, Gary Harper and the 3 Your Side teams have been looking into numerous complaints against Paul La Chance and his business, Murray and Sons Construction.

[READ MORE: Valley construction company leaves homeowners frustrated]

[READ MORE: Update: Contractor refuses $15K refund?]

Sgt. Michael Horn is with the Paradise Valley Police Department.

"We arrested Paul La Chance and we know he has been featured on 3 On Your Side. Mr. La Chance came on our radar back in 2015 where he entered into a contract to do landscaping work for one of our residents."

Several Valley residents say they gave La Chance thousands of dollars for contracting work that was either shoddy or work he failed to do at all. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors even revoked the license of Murray and Sons Construction.

Now, it appears the long arm of the law has caught up with La Chance. "He was charged today and taken into custody on a warrant felony theft as well as contracting without a license," said Sgt. Horn.

Sarah Trigg gave La Chance $15,000, but after doing minimal work, she says his company abandoned the project.

"This area would be paver, all this area."

The Salvation Army known for helping needy families, says after giving La Chance $36,000 for landscaping and new sidewalks, the sidewalks cracked a week after being installed.

 And after bringing the poor workmanship to La Chance's attention, the Salvation Army says La Chance never came back.

Maj. Adam Morales says a higher source will have the final say in the matter.

"I'll go biblical and say revenge is the Lord's."

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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