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Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527327 11/05/20 11:46 AM
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I believe I would attempt tp file a lien om his equipment


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527330 11/05/20 12:14 PM
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Dave,
The op said the scammer has no assets. He rents equipment.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527332 11/05/20 02:14 PM
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That is correct.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527335 11/05/20 06:04 PM
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I'm shocked that a guy like that was bonded. You'll probably get your money back (at least part of it) if he's a bonded contractor.

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Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527349 11/06/20 09:00 AM
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It all depends on how much the limit of his bond is, and who gets paid out of it first.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
John Fitzgerald #527358 11/06/20 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by John Fitzgerald
It all depends on how much the limit of his bond is, and who gets paid out of it first.

One of the victims I'm talking to said it was for $1 million but I haven't been able to verify it.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
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That's a huge surety bond for a single operator. Maybe it's just liability insurance, in case he hurts someone with the equipment, or fells a tree on someone, things of that sort.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
John Fitzgerald #527387 11/07/20 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by John Fitzgerald
That's a huge surety bond for a single operator. Maybe it's just liability insurance, in case he hurts someone with the equipment, or fells a tree on someone, things of that sort.
JF, I am with you on that one, Id guess he might have a mil in liability insurance but the chances of him having a mil in a surety bond is slim to non, that is an expensive insurance and this fellow doesn't seem to be the type to have that, or the character that any insurance company would even issue one to,, I hope Im wrong for Steve's benefit.
Again, I wish him way better luck then Im afraid of.


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Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527402 11/08/20 06:09 AM
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I hope he does some hard time


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Dave Davidson1 #527410 11/08/20 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Davidson1
I hope he does some hard time
I think nothing will happen to him. Bad people get away with stuff like that. I have little to no faith in the system.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527423 11/09/20 05:30 AM
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Agree John


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #527788 11/19/20 07:32 PM
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Final update on this: I Finally heard back from this guy's insurance company and they said my claim isn't covered. She said it doesn't cover "intent," whatever that means. I'm assuming it doesn't cover intent to damage or defraud me, only "accidental" damage. At least, that's what I took away from it.

Back to the drawing board.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
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Sorry to hear that.

Re: Pond Builder Scammed Me
Steve_ #528366 12/02/20 10:16 AM
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Sorry to hear about the outcome on this. Being in the equipment business (we own a rental company) you meet all kinds of characters and learn how to spot the shady ones (most of the time). I would be hesitant on the original builder you are thinking of bringing back as well. If you can't get in touch with him when you are trying to give him business, imagine how quick he will be to call you back when something goes wrong.

My grandfather built ponds for decades as part of his business. A large portion of those were when he did not win the bid, and got called back because the person/company who did, could not deliver what they promised. I hope you find a way to get this done and behind you.

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