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Car-Repair Scam in Metro
A single mother says she was a victim of a con artist and
now she wants to warn other people to be on guard against a similar scam. Cassie McArthur had a dent in her car
door. She was sitting in a parking lot
when a man knocked on her window. He
offered to fix it for just $275 and promised no money would be due until the
job was finished.
Cassie says she was cautious at first and told the man
she wanted to think about it and would call him back. She was worried the deal sounded too good to
be true. However when the man offered to
do the job while she worked and told her he wouldn’t be able to do it the next
day because of family medical problems Cassie reluctantly agreed. She said she didn’t think it would be a
problem because she wasn’t going to pay until the job was finished.
The man put something over her door and the dent that Cassie
said looked like residue. After going
into technical details the man said the door had to sit for 24 hours and he
needed the money but would return to paint it the next day. Cassie says she has always been cautious of
scams, but the man was a smooth talker and she felt pressured to pay for the
body work that had been done.
Later that night Cassie discovered the repair wasn’t
real. The man never showed back up to
paint her door. She was the victim of a
Cassie was lucky though, because she works at a law
office. One of the lawyers decided to
help track down the man who took her money.
Chris Johnson says he loves to help right the wrongs in the world, but
this scammer was difficult to track.
When he found the owner of the car the man was driving, Johnson found
out the man had scammed his way into that car.
The owners said he still owed them money and they were able to help
Johnson find the man. When Johnson
confronted the man he got Cassies $275 back and was able to get the car
returned to the owners who thought they were helping out a man in need.
Attorney Jeffrey Taylor says low-level scams can be
costly to individuals, but they often don’t attract the attention of
police. Taylor says you need to make
sure you never pay until the job is completely finished and even if you feel
pressured you have the right to say ‘no’ to anyone who hasn’t finished a job to
Cassie says she’s thankful she got her money back, but
she’s also upset that someone would be trying to take advantage of anyone
during the holidays.
Posted: Monday, December 3 2012, 09:40 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Major accomplishments of 2013 Oklahoma Legislature
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Major items passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, which was working Friday to wrap up its 2013 session:
-- Tax Cut: Lawmakers adopted legislation that reduces the state's top income rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The measure has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
-- State Capitol Improvements: The tax cut bill also diverts $120 million in income tax revenue over the next two years to a fund that will finance improvements and repairs to the State Capitol building. Built between 1914 and 1917, yellow barricades now ring the building's south plaza to keep pedestrians from walking beneath pieces of a limestone facade that has crumbled from the building.
-- Budget Bill: The Legislature adopted a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill to fund state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The bill increases spending by nearly $270 million over the current year's budget, with funding growth focused mostly on education, health care and human services.
-- Worker's Compensation: Fallin signed legislation to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system. The measure changes Oklahoma's current court-based system to an administrative structure. Supporters say the change will dramatically reduce workers' compensation costs to businesses.
-- CompSource: Lawmakers also passed a measure that converts the nonprofit CompSource Oklahoma into an independent mutual company that will be known as CompSource Mutual Insurance Company. The agency writes about one-third of Oklahoma's workers' compensation policies.
-- Rainy Day Appropriation: Within days of devastating tornadoes that struck Moore, Shawnee and other areas, lawmakers approved using $45 million from the state's constitutional reserve fund to help communities recover from the damage. Among other things, the money will help pay for repairs to local infrastructure damaged by the tornadoes and the overtime costs of first responders. A total of 24 people, including 10 children, died in the Moore tornado and two other people were killed in the Shawnee tornado.
-- Pension Changes: Lawmakers passed legislation to reduce the unfunded liability of Oklahoma's pension system for firefighters. The bill requires new firefighters to be at least 50 years old and have worked for 22 years, instead of the current 20 years, to be eligible for benefits. New firefighters also would not become vested until they had worked for 11 years, instead of the current 10 years. The bill also increases the amount that firefighters, municipalities and the state pay into the system each year.
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