Disabled woman out $8K in alleged contractor scam

Disabled woman out $8K in alleged contractor scam »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Yvonne Jackson is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. She hoped upgrades to her home would make things easier. Months after moving into her home, Jackson decided she wanted to make it more wheelchair friendly.

She was recently referred to a company named Integrity Construction. She said Barry Hanner called to set up an appointment. The pair spoke of retrofitting the kitchen to make it handicap accessible and also of adding a handicap-accessible pool.

They settled on $17,000 for the work, and Jackson had to pay $8,000 up front.

Jackson said Hanner was supposed to start construction a couple days later, but he never showed up.

Tuesday, Eyewitness News called Integrity Construction owner Vincent Quiocho, who said he is also a victim in the alleged scam. Quiocho said Hanner doesn't work for him and has been using his company's name without his permission.

Hanner declined multiple attempts Tuesday at an interview.