Pool and landscape contractor investigated for fraud in New Mexico
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
A local pool and landscape contractor is being investigated by the Doña AnaCounty Sheriff’s Office for fraud.
Deputies say about 30 residents complained that Kolmar Development defrauded them out of money.
Residents say Kolmar Development was contracted to do work that was either never performed or partially completed. Some incidents date back as far as 2016.
“We're two and a half years from retirement, and we we're looking to get this house set the way we wanted it,” said Bryan Yancy a fraud victim.
Yancy and his wife were ready to add a pool to their permanent home, so they chose Dan Flores with Kolmar development, someone they said came highly recommended.
“He came out with the guys to dig the pool, they dug the pool, they started putting rebar in, plumbing in,” said Yancy.
But once work got started the red flags starting showing up.
El Paso electric employees reportedly showed up and realized work had been done before they approved the plans.
“He had submitted for a permit and was rejected because he didn't give all the proper planning,” said Yancy.
Yancy says he eventually fired Flores, leaving him with a massive mess and about $35,000 short.
But Yancy isn't alone.
“We signed a contract early 2018. The contract was supposed to be completed in eight weeks. We quickly started having problems with Mr. Flores,” said Chad Smith anther fraud victim.
Smith says he's about $23,000 down. After being left with a pool that has electrical problems.
“Once I started realizing that there's all these victims out there, I said you know what this isn't right, somebody’s got to stop him,” said Smith.
“It's bad enough when you get hurt, but you really got to make sure others don't get hurt in the process,” said Yancy.
KFOX14 reached out to Kolmar Development but have not heard back.
Anyone who believes they have been victimized, or who has information that might be helpful to the investigation, is asked to call (575) 525-8884.