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Women say deck builder out on bond scammed them

Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 19:23:50-04

An Omaha man, out on bond after being accused of taking people for thousands of dollars, is supposedly at it again, duping customers thinking they'll get a new deck.

Maria Hiatt and Patty Reid say they both hired Ross Sherwood to build them new decks at their two homes in May and June. They say they found Sherwood on Facebook Marketplace and he used two different company names: Deck Pros Co. and Deck Consultants of Omaha.  He's currently charged with two separate felony thefts over $5,000 that are not related to Hiatt or Reid's situations.

While out on bond he wrote contracts with the women, took thousands up front, and hasn't done any work.

"Extremely upsetting I mean you feel violated. It took us a couple of months before we even figured it out we kind of just went with the weather or whatever," Hiatt explained.

Hiatt says Sherwood also scammed her father who also paid for half of a new deck.

The Better Business Bureau has a complaint alert since they've received at least 30 complaints over many years, most involving large sums of money. Deck Pros Inc. has a disclaimer on their website that they are not affiliated with Sherwood.

Sherwood previously served 6 months in prison for the same charge in 2013.  If you've had a similar experience with him contact the Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker, or the Nebraska Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.