Husband and wife couple Nancy and John Casper have scammed $3,000 in kitchen upgrades from a couple posing as a fake construction company
HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — After living in California, married couple Nancy and John Casper found the perfect retirement home in the Texas countryside.
“When I came to Texas, I was like, oh Texas is such a great place, and I said everybody be so kind, say hello ma’am and say hello sir,” Nancy said.
But it was that warm hospitality that was also tapped into by a couple who had cheated them out of thousands of dollars.
“He seemed so believable. He had a family. He came here with his kids,” Nancy said.
Nancy said they hired Aldo Gutierrez and his wife, Karla Carranza, to upgrade their kitchen with brand new cabinets.
At the start of the job, Gutierrez asked for thousands of dollars, according to Nancy.
“We gave him $3,000 in cash up front,” she said.
The couple instructed the retired couple to completely gut the kitchen themselves to make room for the new cabinet installation.
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But after weeks, then months, passed, and not a word came from Gutierrez.
The Caspers hired a bounty hunter to find him and filed a report with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Soon after, Gutierrez and his wife were arrested in Galveston County.
It turns out the two swindled $8,000 from a customer with promises of new cabinets that were never installed, according to the Friendswood Police Department.
Police say they traded as WA Construction LLC and advertised it on Facebook Marketplace.
“They actually took pictures of other reliable, good contractors and advertised them on Facebook to get these victims’ money,” Friendswood PD’s Taylor McCombs said.
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Although Gutierrez and his wife are now behind bars, investigators are still looking for other possible victims.
They ask potential victims to contact their local police department.
“You know we’ve worked so hard our whole lives to retire like this and someone comes along to scam us and take our money? That’s nothing I can imagine. I could never do that to anyone,” Nancy said.
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