3 ON YOUR SIDE (3TV) - Gaylynn Heyd is just one of Brent Ford's victims and says she's glad to hear his hiding is over.
"I'm so happy that there's a consequence for someone who tries to take advantage of homeowners like us," Heyd told 3 On Your Side.
About a year ago, Heyd gave Brent Ford checks totaling just over $16,500 for a landscape remodeling job.
However, the fake contractor did very little work, kept her money, and disappeared.
But now, Heyd may have hope of getting some, if not all, of her money back.
"It's just such a relief because the last year has kind of been an unknown because we didn't know what would come of it,” she said. “My husband and I are teachers so it's nice to know some of it (money) might be coming back."
Heyd’s money and others' are expected to be returned following a judgment against Ford that was just announced by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
"You know, I always tell folks that if you're a crook or a con artist or a cheat and you rip off Arizonans then we will track you down and get restitution for our victims," Brnovich told 3 On Your Side.
Brnovich says his office started pursuing Ford following 3 On Your Side's investigations and after receiving a significant number of complaints from victims like Heyd.
As a result, Brnovich won a consumer fraud lawsuit against Ford saying the fake contractor ripped off consumers to the tune of $89,599. Ford was also slapped with $100,000 in penalties.
In all, Ford will have to repay the state of Arizona $195,761 and half of that will be restitution back to victims.
Authorities say Ford was hiding out at a Texas hotel and was just recently served the judgment, meaning Brnovich's office can now start pursuing Ford financially.
“So, as a state, we can now move forward now with trying to garnish his wages or try to go after his tax returns to make sure victims here are compensated for being ripped off by him," Brnovich said.
As for Heyd, she says the wheels of justice have been slow. But, she's glad to hear that she'll hopefully be getting reimbursed from the man who defrauded her.
“Without Gary Harper, we would have had no idea where to go with this. That's why I'm so happy that you and 3 On Your Side have this because I would have had no idea where to even start,” she said. "Without you, none of this could be possible. So, it's all thanks to you.”
The judgment also bans Ford from ever performing landscape construction in Arizona again.