A Gilbert man says he wanted to replace his backyard patio on his aging home and he thought he hired the perfect contractor for the job. But the guy he hired turned out to be a fake contractor and an ex-cop.

“Well, I wanted a patio that would last a lot longer than wood."

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Gary Johnson says he’s pretty proud of his new, elevated patio that he paid to have built. But, what he says he’s not proud of is that he feels he got ripped off in the process.

"It was a disappointment.”

To understand Johnson’s disappointment, you have to go back to March when Johnson's original patio was old, deteriorating and just not safe to walk on.

So, Johnson got on the Internet and found someone name Ruben Maynes who claimed he could build patios. He says he hired Maynes because seemed knowledgeable and trustworthy. So, he didn't mind handing over a check for $3,500 so Maynes could get material and start the job. But after getting the money, Johnson says Maynes never came back.

Johnson says he hasn’t seen Maynes since March, so he wound up hiring and paying another contractor to build his new patio.

“I'd just like for people to know who this guy is so he wouldn't be taking someone else.”

But whatever happened to Ruben Maynes? 3 On Your Side got involved and discovered he's not only a fake contractor without a license, but he's also an ex-cop who used to be with the New Mexico State Police.

So, we went to his Gilbert house for answers. No one answered the door, but we left a business card with our contact information.

Maynes did contact 3 On Your Side right away and said he intended on doing the project but a family emergency arose. He apologized and then said he would return the money by Sept. 15, 2018.

3 On Your Side will give a follow-up report on what happens.

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