Gordonville couple loses thousands in driveway repair scam

GORDONVILLE, Tex. (KXII) -- A local couple said they fell for a scam last week. They're now out $13,000 and left with a driveway in worse condition than it was before.

Kathryn and Billy Bullock said the worker asked for the money up front but only did about $500 worth of work, then never showed up again.

"Now it looks worse than it did before he ever started," Billy Bullock said.

Kathryn Bullock, 65, listed off the work she was promised, totaling $22,600.

"Then pour second layer of hot tire and rock, then compact, wait two days and seal coat," Kathryn Bullock said.

But she said all they did was rake the gravel already on the ground, pull the weeds and lay patches of asphalt.

"One, two, three, four, five, about five bags of asphalt down and that was it," Billy Bullock said.

And the asphalt that was laid, is not laid evenly.

"He didn't bring any heavy equipment to roll it, all he did was drive his truck back and forth across it," Billy said.

The Bullocks didn't really want their driveway repaired, but felt pressured when a man only known as "Corey" showed up at their house in Gordonville offering low-cost repairs.

"He was pushy, he kept persisting, we needed it done, he wanted to do it," Kathryn said.

So "Corey" started last Sunday. The next day he made a list of supplies he needed to buy, so they gave him $13,800 in cash.

"He wanted cash money and it kept going up each time," Billy said.

But then he asked for more cash. So the Bullock's went to the bank again, but the bank brought some red flags on the receipt to their attention.

"The name of the business and the location, they used white out," Kathryn said.

Then the Bullock's asked around at local asphalt companies, but they hadn't heard of the man. So they called Corey and no one answered.

"Cause it's a scam, that's all it is," Billy said.

It's now a week and a half later and still no one has returned their calls.

"I don't want anything like this to happen to anybody," Kathryn said.

The Grayson County Sheriff's office confirms they are looking into the report.

More than anything, the Bullock's hope their story serves as a warning for others.



 
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