Woman says she was scammed by contractor

Storm damage scam warning

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Melissa Holley is out thousands of dollars and wants others to learn from her story.

Holley has several holes in the siding of her house and on the roof.

“She was supposed to replace that siding and just the little cracks there,” says Holley.

They’re from the hail storm that was part of the March 19 tornado. Holley, who lives in Cullman County, says it was a friend from church who told her about Amber McCrory and Cam Contracting.

“He got us in touch, she came here, she was very nice, very professional,” says Holley.

Holley gave McCrory a check for $4,900. McCrory said her guys would be out there May 18. But that date kept getting pushed back.

Fast forward one month later, McCrory gave the excuse that her supplier made a mistake and they’d have to reschedule.

It was around that time that McCrory was arrested in Etowah County charged with two felony counts of theft by deception and two misdemeanor counts of home repair fraud. Then, at the end of August, McCrory was arrested by Cullman Police.

“We obtained a warrant for her arrest for theft of property first and that was based on the dollar amount involved. A few months later, the latter part of August, the grand jury met and they indicted her on theft of property first and home repair fraud,” says Sgt. Todd Chiaranda.

“I found out that she’s not even licensed! I didn’t know that upfront,” says Holley.

Now, Holley says she just wants her money back.

“I think she just made a lot of bad mistakes. I hate to do this to her, but you know, I’m a single mom and I work very hard for what I have and it’s hard not having that money to replace something that’s been damaged,” says Holley.

McCrory will now face a preliminary hearing and could go to a trial after that.

Officials say do your homework and go to city hall and check out their business license. They also say don’t pay the entire amount up front and don’t let anyone rush you into a decision. If they tell you they only accept cash, that’s another sign it’s a scam.

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