Contractor Swindles Rogers County Folks Out Of Money, Sheriff S - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News: Crime

Contractor Swindles Rogers County Folks Out Of Money, Sheriff Says

Posted: Updated:
Dennis Hull said he paid $12,000 to a contractor who never finished building his pole barn. Friends had to help him erect trusses. Dennis Hull said he paid $12,000 to a contractor who never finished building his pole barn. Friends had to help him erect trusses.
After weeks of not showing up on the job, Hull got a phone call from a restricted number and a woman said the contractor had been hospitalized. After weeks of not showing up on the job, Hull got a phone call from a restricted number and a woman said the contractor had been hospitalized.
Sheriff Scott Walton said the man has been running the same scam all over the country and  he hopes to catch him. Sheriff Scott Walton said the man has been running the same scam all over the country and he hopes to catch him.
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -

The sheriff's office says this is not a dispute between a business owner and a customer.

Four people have told the same story of how they gave a man money up front and never heard from him again.

Dennis Hull wanted to build a pole barn that was part workshop and part area to have his large family enjoy fellowship. So, when he saw an ad for All Seasons Plus and met with Ed Meyer, who said he'd been in the business 30 years, Dennis signed a contract.

Hull agreed to pay $6,000 down, another $6,000 after the poles and concrete were set and the final $3,500 when the job was complete in seven days.

"I expressed to him this may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but for us, it was a huge deal," Hull said. "I refinanced our property to get the money to have it built. He reassured me several times, ‘I'll take care of ya.'"

Hull said he paid the first $6,000 in April and after a couple weeks, the poles were set and concrete poured. So Hull paid the next $6,000. But that's when the work stopped.

Hull said no one returned his calls or texts until late May, when a woman claiming to be Meyer's daughter called from a restricted number.

"He'd been in the hospital and was getting out," Hull said. "It was the week before Memorial Day and he wouldn't be there Monday but, he'd be out Tuesday. No show, no contacts, no anything."

The other three Rogers County victims report the same story, but, one says the woman who called claimed Meyer was having heart problems and another time, said he was in a car wreck.

Investigators said Meyer has a warrant in Indiana for 12 counts of fraud.

"Our goal is to make Rogers County his last stop, the Rogers County Jail and put an end to it," Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said.

We called and texted Meyer but got no response.

Hull's friends helped put up the trussess and he's borrowed additional money to try to make the building weatherproof, but he said it'll take a long time to finish.

"Course you're mad at first, then it's sickening and frustrating," Hull said.

Now that the sheriff's office has presented charges, once they are approved, they plan to track down and arrest Meyer.

Whether the victims will ever see their money again? That remains to be seen.

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Turnpike Interactive

View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.