To this day, Gaylynn Heyd remains pretty upset with a fake contractor by the name of Brent Ford.
"It makes me really angry about it. It makes me so upset that someone would do this to multiple people," Heyd told 3 On Your Side.
In a previous 3 On Your Side report from last spring, Heyd told us how she handed over more than $16,500 to Ford back in March so he could landscape the front and backyard of her then brand new Gilbert home.
But after doing very little work, Ford vanished with all that money.
"Someone has to stop him. You just can't let someone like this from going around (sic) and doing this to people," she said.
Well, now the Arizona Attorney General's Office is trying to do something. The agency recently filed a lawsuit alleging that Ford violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. According to the document, "Ford targeted newly constructed homes with unfinished landscaping."
It goes on to say, “Ford took up-front payments from consumers and had no intention of providing the promised services."
And get this, the Arizona Attorney General's Office believes Ford made off with at least $89,000 from consumers.
"And, I know that it's more than that because there are other people who didn't come forward," Heyd said.
The suit goes on to say that "Ford engaged in deception, deceptive or unfair acts or practices, fraud and false pretense..." when he took the money from consumers like Heyd, only to give a laundry list of excuses for not showing up. The court document even lists some of his frequent excuses like, "he had high blood pressure, he had double flat tires, his nephew broke his leg or he was on another job."
“Those are a lot of excuses," Gary Harper said as he read them aloud to Heyd.
"Oh yeah,” she replied laughing. “And, that's not even all of them. There were more."
The attorney general is asking the court to issue an order "permanently prohibiting him from engaging in the trade or occupation of landscape construction."
The Attorney General's Office also wants Ford to "restore to all persons any money... " In other words, the agency is asking a court to issue an order mandating Ford to return any money that he took from consumers.
And finally, the attorney general is asking to penalize Ford $10,000 for every violation. This all could add up to a substantial amount of money.
And, what does Ford have to say about all this?
Well, 3 On Your Side tried contacting him but his email addresses and phone numbers have all been changed.
“What do you want to see happen to Brent Ford?” Harper asked.
“I would love to see him in jail. I would love that," she said.
3 On Your Side will stay on top of the suit and will update you soon.
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