Update: Fake contractor indicted

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The wheels of justice are apparently finally turning following the grand jury indictment of an accused fake contractor by the name of Tom Greenwald. (Source: 3TV) The wheels of justice are apparently finally turning following the grand jury indictment of an accused fake contractor by the name of Tom Greenwald. (Source: 3TV)
In previous 3 On Your Side reports, Girard explained how she paid Greenwald around $175,000 for a major home remodeling job. (Source: 3TV) In previous 3 On Your Side reports, Girard explained how she paid Greenwald around $175,000 for a major home remodeling job. (Source: 3TV)
Phoenix Police launched their own investigation into Greenwald and a full year later, a grand jury indicted him. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix Police launched their own investigation into Greenwald and a full year later, a grand jury indicted him. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Court documents say Greenwald is now charged with fraudulent schemes along with taking the identity of another for allegedly using license numbers that did not belong to him. (Source: 3TV) Court documents say Greenwald is now charged with fraudulent schemes along with taking the identity of another for allegedly using license numbers that did not belong to him. (Source: 3TV)
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3 On Your Side started airing reports about a particular fake contractor last summer.

And since then, a lot has happened, including a grand jury indictment that was just handed down.

"It was 3 On Your Side that really took it to the next level," said Kira Girard.

Girard says the wheels of justice are finally turning following the grand jury indictment of an accused fake contractor by the name of Tom Greenwald.

“I would love nothing more than to see him go to jail,” Girard said.

In previous 3 On Your Side reports, Girard explained how she paid Greenwald around $175,000 for a major home remodeling job.

[READ MORE: Valley reality TV star says she was duped for $175,000 (July 27, 2017)]

But the project fell apart after Girard and her fiancé made some startling discoveries. There was exposed wiring found behind walls and she says workmanship, in general, was just sub-par.

"This bathroom was all done and complete and we had to completely tear it down," Girard said.

The couple contacted 3 On Your Side and our investigation revealed some startling discoveries. For example, that accreditation from the Better Business Bureau Greenwald bragged about was totally made up.

[READ MORE: Update: Unlicensed contractor changes business name (Oct. 5, 2017)]

And, those top awards from a home service website not true at all. But, most troubling was that Greenwald wasn't a licensed contractor like he claimed to be.

He was reportedly using the license numbers from other legitimate companies without their knowledge to garner business.

3 On Your Side confronted Greenwald about that last year when he came to our studio to talk.

“Are you licensed and bonded? And, you say yes. And you give the license number right there,"  said 3 On Your Side's Gary Harper. “You cannot do that.”

"Well, I see how that looks," said Greenwald.

"I'm so glad that he did come into the studio and you can see and recognize his face," Girard said.

Phoenix Police launched their own investigation into Greenwald and a full year later, a grand jury indicted him.

Court documents say Greenwald is now charged with fraudulent schemes along with taking the identity of another for allegedly using license numbers that did not belong to him.

"I'm so glad that's come to the point where he is charged and I just hope, I pray that our justice system through for us," Girard added.

Following the indictment, Greenwald refused to speak to 3 On Your Side on-camera, but on the phone, he told us "...the (news) report was unfair..." and "one-sided."

As for Girard, she tells 3 On Your Side it's been a long journey and glad something is being done.

"And thanks to 3 On Your Side and the awareness that this has brought to the case, he's being charged," Girard said.

The indictment from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office can be read below.

[PDF: Grand jury indictment of Tom Greenwald]

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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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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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Warren TrentWarren Trent is currently employed by KTVK/KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona as an investigative and consumer producer for 3 On Your Side, a unit that earned a 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy nomination for a report on expired tires and a 2015 an Emmy nomination for a report called "Mattress Madness."

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Warren previously did on-air reporting for the KTVK/KPHO-TV “Varsity Zone” sports show. Warren’s versatility continues to shine as he has worked on the assignment desk, as a news writer and as a field producer.

Warren is a seasoned television journalist whose progressive TV career began at 6ABC-TV in Philadelphia with "Action News," a favorite choice for millions of viewers for decades. While at 6ABC, Warren advanced through the ranks in unprecedented success as a sound technician, an assignment editor, a video editor, a sports producer, a bureau chief, a public affairs specialist and ultimately as programming producer. In his final role at 6ABC, Warren produced a top-rated, award-winning television news magazine show and also lead producer for the "High School Huddle" sports show. Warren has also been assigned to cover both global and national news stories.

In addition to broadcasting, Warren enjoys contributing to society as a mentor and volunteer. He is president of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Warren has also volunteered by serving on the board of directors for Image and Attitude, a New Jersey-based nonprofit specializing in self-sufficiency for women and has also served on the board for The VIP Project, which supports autism awareness.

Warren says it is an honor to serve on the NATAS Board of Governors to work with a diverse group of professionals dedicated to honoring and assisting current and future journalists.

And one little-known fact about Warren is that he taught himself how to juggle as a hobby.

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