A local contractor is being called out by those who hired him, saying they were duped out of thousands of dollars for jobs that never got done.
"It is just a sad story that this guy can continue to get away with this in our community and screw over the people that are hard-working citizens," homeowner James Fyfe said.
Fyfe hired George Vink to do concrete work at his home, and he said Vink didn't hold up his end of the deal. Now, Vink's charged with grand theft in three separate cases after his clients said he owes them thousands.
One man said Vink owes him $8,000; Fyfe said he's out $3,000. Both said this has been going on since December and enough is enough.
Fyfe's backyard, which used to be all woods and weeds, is now completed thanks to another contractor. But he said Vink, the man he hired first, left it nowhere near done.
"He said he would come with a crew, which he did the following day and said he needed half the money upfront," Fyfe said. "So he did start the work. It looks like it was going to be a legitimate job and he came and did some minor framework."
Fyfe said it only took a few hours but cost him $3,000. He has been fighting for his money back for nearly six months and hasn't seen a penny.
"It was excuse after excuse," Fyfe said. "Either the weather was bad or I'm sick or I just can't make it today or the concrete company didn't have any concrete that day. And it started to get to the point where I knew something was up and that the job was not never going to get done.
"After I figured out he couldn't get the job done, that he couldn't get the concrete, I said, 'Listen, just give me my money back and, you know, we are good.' That would have been it," Fyfe said.
He told police, who arrested Vink, charging him with grand theft. Another man who hired Vink did the same thing, claiming his $16,000 backyard project was left undone and the 50-percent deposit gone.
Vink spoke at his home Monday.
"OK, I have been sick. I have brain surgery," Vink said. "I just got home now from Mayo Clinic. Because of the prescription drugs they are giving me, I am going blind. You can check that out if you like. I owe him (Fyfe) $3,000. He is getting paid.
"Mr. (Richard) Boatright is taken care of," Vink added. "I don't owe him $8,000 at all. He gave me an $8,000 deposit. The house was laid out, the footers were done, poured and the stem wall is up except for one side where the dirt has got to come into. Labor has been paid and the materials have been paid. That's $11,000 out of my pocket and he only gave $8,000. So how do you figure that?"
Vink admitted he's behind but said his clients kept changing their mind about what they wanted and he did nothing criminal and he has the records to prove it.
So why does Vink think the State Attorney's Office is filing charges against him in two separate cases?
"Because Mr. Boatright, like I said earlier, he is a private investigator. He is lying and saying that it wasn't paid," Vink said. “I don’t give a (expletive) what he showed you. I’m telling you the god’s honest truth.”
Vink's attorney has not returned a call for comment.
Boatright, who just had a double lung transplant, said he had his hopes on building his dream home in Jacksonville while receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic. He said Vick over promised and under delivered.
"I have a lien against my property by my concrete company because George didn’t pay a dime," said Boatright, 62.
He said he gave Vink $8,000 to complete concrete work, but it wasn't long before red flags started popping up.