Please send a follow up letter to the Independent indicating the name of the scammer to keep others from falling prey to their scam.
And contact law enforcement (county sheriff) to see if Arizona has a “Theft by Contract” statute.
I was a victim of a similar scam in Wisconsin and our municipality initiated a criminal case after researching the case. While we never got much of our $5,000 back, our case in Milwaukee County was eventually consolidated with other cases in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties totaling more than $500,000. The contractor went to jail.
We only received some small restitution checks while he was in prison but knew that he couldn’t scam others.
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