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Contractor Leaves Town with Money

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield woman is taking action after she says a contractor skipped town with her down payment.

Carla Ramirez says she’s now out more than $4,000 and the contractor never did the work. Ramirez found out she wasn’t the only one who was impacted by the contractor. After looking for help from other local contractors, she found out there were more victims like her, including an elderly couple.

“I had intentions to build a fence and a deck, so I called different contractors to come out and give me a bid,” Ramirez said.

After hearing all of the bids, Ramirez chose Premium Fence and Construction because the owner, Jon Lang, gave her the best deal.

“He said he did not on purpose because he was new in the business and he was trying to make a name for himself,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez says when the work wasn’t getting done, she contacted Lang about the project. She says lang told her he was re-scheduling.

“‘Are you even going to be there?’ ‘No’ he said. ‘But I’ll be there Monday the 27th.’ He never showed up. Then he said he’d be there Tuesday the 28th. He never showed up. On Wednesday, he had a guy who worked for him call me,” Ramirez said.

She says Lang’s employee told her the work would have to be re-scheduled again for the third time. Instead, Ramirez texted Lang, asking for her money back. She says Lang didn’t respond too kindly when she asked for the check to be dropped off at her house.

“He shot back with a text message, saying no one tells him what to do and that he already consulted with a lawyer, and he could keep my money if he wanted to be mean,” Ramirez said.

Lang finished the message by saying that he “never loses and has the best attorney on staff.” Ramirez says Lang has since moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and she’s seeking help from the Oregon Contractors Board, senators, and, she says, even the governor.

“It’s outrageous to me because he literally robbed us. He robbed us, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez says she is still working to get her money back and is in contact with the elderly couple also fell victim to Lang. Ramirez gave KEZI 9 News three different phone numbers for Lang, but he did not pick up or return and of our calls.

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  1. quasimodo says:

    pretty simple call steamboat sprimgs chamber of commerce and tell them your story they wont allow him to do business in their town , call colorado and file a grievence with their builders board and they will pull his bond if he has one. there are many things you can do to make this guys life very miserable.

  2. Milt says:

    If he was licensed in the State of Oregon he was required to have a bond and insurance.
    Go after those. OCCB should be able to assist you.

  3. Kim says:

    I hired these people last year to do my fence and it was a very very bad experience. Poor quality all around and when I threatened to turn them into the CCB, John got very snippy with me as well. I finally received the $400 refund I demanded, but not without many calls and a threatening letter. My neighbors also were very unhappy with them as professionals. They gave me the same line a year ago about “we are a new company building a good name for ourselves”. Well, clearly they had no intentions on doing that. They were sweet talkers and overloaded themselves by underbidding and doing less than satisfactory work. I’m sorry you got completed had by these bozo’s. I learned, going with the new and cheaper guys doesn’t pay off. :-( Lets see how long they last in Colorado!!

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