Police Seek Victims of Craigslist Remodeling Scheme

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    Rowlett police arrested Annie May Korpob and Justin Denson in what they call a home repair scheme. Police say so far they have 14 victims and there may be more. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    Rowlett police are searching for people who may have been victimized by a home repair scheme.

    Justin Denson, 30, and Annie May Korpob, 30, are accused of duping at least 13 people in an alleged remodeling scheme.

    "When you're dealing with Craigslist, unfortunately, there's no way for you to verify who's on the other end of the ads that you're going through, and that's how they're finding their victims," Detective Christopher Sawyer said. "The more victims we are able to identify, the higher the charges are that we are going to be able to file on these two individuals."

    Michael Taylor hired Denson and Korpob to remodel his bathroom. What he thought was a deal on the project left him with a big mess and money down the drain, he said.

    "I have never seen anything worse," he said. "I mean, it looked like a kid's third-grade papier-mâché project. It was just that bad."

    Taylor said he found Denon and Korpob on an ad on Craiglist.

    "We weren't very wise in that we didn't insist on the right answers, and that really ended up costing us," he said.

    Taylor said Denson and Korpob pretended to work on the bathroom for three days and then never showed up again. Taylor had already paid them $1,600.

    "They had a website. They had business cards. They had really cools pictures of all the work they had done before, and we thought, 'This guy looks really good,'" he said.

    "Everything they touched was just a disaster," Taylor said. "I mean, it looked horrible."

    Rowlett police said some of the schemes go back as far as two years. The amount of money involved has gone up from $10,000 to $15,000 since they began investigating Denson and Korpob, police said.

    Denson and Kropob face felony theft charges. They are being held in the Rockwall County Jail on a bond of $100,000 each.

    Anyone who believes they have been a victim of the scheme should call Rowlett police at 972-412-6220.