No answers from contractors who allegedly stole $90k from woman trying to fix house

Posted at: 08/20/2014 10:05 PM
Updated at: 08/20/2014 10:16 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness 4's Chris Ramirez talked to an Albuquerque woman Monday who said contractors took $90,000 from her after she hired them to fix a house she owned, and Wednesday, he was on a mission to confront some of those contractors.

Marji Prefontaine bought the Northeast Heights home with plans to renovate and flip the house.

"We hired a guy who we thought was a licensed general contractor," Prefontaine said.

Last week, she wrote checks to start the work and handed them over to David Childers, who she thought was a licensed general contractor.

Prefontaine soon discovered Childers isn't licensed and demanded her money back.

She made the $60,000 check to Silverline Construction, and even though she demanded the money be returned, she has yet to see a dime.

A woman who answered the door at the residential address where Silverline Construction is registered said her son owns the company. When confronted by Ramirez, she said that "people were paid money to buy materials and stuff, and [Prefontaine] still won't talk to nobody."

When asked if her son planned on giving the money back, the woman dodged the question.

"I'm sure; I don't know. Don't be asking me questions because it's none of my business," the woman said. She went on to say KOB could not contact her son.

Marji also wrote a $25,000 check to DB Plumbing and Heating, which KOB called because it couldn't step onto the company's private property.

A man who answered the phone at the company said he was "in the middle of something" and asked KOB to call back. When pressed further, he failed to speak and hung up.

The Attorney General's office is now involved. Investigators there can file criminal charges if the money isn't returned.