Home renovation scam - WJXT Jacksonville

JUMPED BY THREE MEN. NOW IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY TONIGHT, A MAN HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING CUSTOMERS OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. HE OWNED OLD CITY DESIGN CENTER IN ST. AUGUSTINE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY RIPPED OFF SEVERAL CUSTOMERS WHO PAID HIM FOR HOME EVEN NOVATIONS THAT NEVER HAPPENED. ETHAN GALLOWAY SPOKE WITH ONE PERSON. THE MAN IS NOW CHARGED AND EVEN THOUGH THIS HAPPENED TWO YEARS AGO, THE VICTIM GOT EMOTIONAL TODAY TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED SAYING WHAT THE SUSPECT DID TO HER FAMILY WAS PERSONAL. Reporter: NAN WEAVER AND HER LATE HUSBAND MOVED INTO THEIR ST. AUGUSTINE HOME WITH PLANS FOR MAJOR RENOVATIONS. WE WERE GONNA GET GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND ACTUALLY WE WERE GONNA BRING THIS OUT SO IT WAS -- IT'S MUCH WIDE SORRY WE COULD USE IT MORE, YOU KNOW, AS A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SIT. Reporter: AND THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. THE COUPLE PLANNED FOR NEW CABINETS, TILE FLOORS, A NEW SINK AND A BATHROOM REMODEL. AFTER PAYING OLD CITY DESIGN CENTER $20,000 FOR THE MATERIALS, WEAVER SAYS RICHARD HERSHEY TOOK OFF WITH THE MONEY, NEVER STEPPING INTO THE HER HOME. I DON'T HAVE $20,000 TO DO IT NOW, YOU KNOW. IT'S GONE. SO -- BUT AT LEAST HE STILL HAVE A HOME, AND SO I'M GREAT. FOR THAT. Reporter: WEAVER'S HUSBAND DIED SUDDENLY IN APRIL. HER MOTHER LEFT THEM THE MONEY FOR THE RENOVATIONS WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY YEARS AGO. NOW WEAVER SAYS THE MONEY IS GONE FOR GOOD. SO THAT'S IT. HE DIDN'T STEAL IT, YOU KNOW, FROM US. HE STOLE IT FROM MOM, YOU KNOW. AND IT JUST -- IT'S NOT RIGHT. Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE ST. JOHN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, RICHARD HERSHEY JUNIOR STOLE FROM AT LEAST 10 OTHERS WHO PAID HIM AROUND $150,000 IN ALL. DEPUTIES ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT IN LATE JULY MAKING THE ARREST THURSDAY. HERSHEY IS CHARGED WITH ORGANIZED SCHEME TO DEFRAUD OVER $50,000. I WAS ALL ABOUT, I JUST WANT TO FIND THE GUY AND TELL HIM THAT, YOU DIDN'T STEAL IT FROM US, YOU STOLE IT FROM MOM, YOU KNOW, AND NOW WE DON'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY THAT SHE WANTED US TO HAVE. Reporter: WEAVER NOW CAUTIONS ANYONE PAYING FOR SERVICES UP FRONT TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT WHO'S BEHIND THE BUSINESS. WE WERE JUST TRUSTING THAT WE WERE HELPING A LOCAL BUSINESS, LITTLE DID WE KNOW. SO... OLD CITY DESIGN CENTER IS NOW OUT OF BUSINESS. HERSHEY FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY BACK IN 2013. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS HE

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    design (Monday, 05 October 2015 14:17)

    IT'S GONE. SO -- BUT AT LEAST HE STILL HAVE A HOME, AND SO I'M GREAT. FOR THAT.