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3 On Your Side convinces handyman to return more money

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Cheryl Bares is all smiles these days and says she owes it all to 3 On Your Side.

"I didn't believe it until I had the money in my hand,” Bares said. “If it wasn't for Gary Harper and Channel 3, there is no way I would have seen that money."

In a previous 3 On Your Side report, Bares explained how she found a flyer dropped off at her home advertising handyman work. So, she called the number to see if she could have new flooring installed. And, that's when she started dealing with a guy named Abe Shepherd, who claimed he could do flooring.

So, she gave Shepherd a check for $700 to get started.

"He said 'I'm not going to take your money and run,” she said. “And, what did he do?" Gary Harper asked. "Well, he kind of ran with our money," she chuckled.

3 On Your Side got involved and we discovered Shepherd spent four years in prison for fraudulent schemes and theft before being released in 2016.

So, we had the Pinal County Sheriff's Office get involved and they contacted Shepherd.

That seemed to do the trick because Shepherd told Bares he would wire her $700. All she had to do was collect the money at Walmart.

“I was a little skeptical, but I went to Walmart and got my $700,” Bares said. “Without Gary, we'd had never seen our money."

You may recall in a recent report that 3 On Your Side also convinced Shepherd to return $500 back to George Stone who paid the convicted handyman to install a new shower enclosure. But Shepherd never did.

Bares says it's great to get her $700 back and says she’ll remember her last conversation with Shepherd.

“He did say one thing to me. He said, 'please tell that guy from Channel 3 that I got you your money,'” she said laughing.

When 3 On Your Side spoke to Shepherd, he claimed that he had taken on too much work and that’s why this ordeal happened. However, he says he’s learned a lesson and will more careful.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

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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