Contractor accused of ripping off West Ashley couple, arrest warrant issued

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are looking for a contractor accused of ripping off a West Ashley couple.

Police say Carolyne Hammon and her husband paid Nicholas Kaufman to put a new fence in their yard.

The Hammons found Kaufman on his Facebook page.

"We talked to him and had him come out here and he gave us an estimate. You know, real comfortable with him and he gave us an estimate," Hannon said. "You know, real comfortable with him and we signed an agreement with him."

The agreement called for the Hannons to pay Kaufman $2,200 upfront and another $1,000 for labor when the job was finished.

Hannon says the next day Kaufman showed up with 25 fence posts and said he'd come back to finish the job.

"Halfway through the process based on his vague responses I was getting on Messenger my gut started telling me something wasn't right," she said.

Hannon says Kaufman never returned to put the fence up.

She and her husband filed a police report with Charleston Police.

They also sued him in small claims court.

On Friday, police issued a warrant for Kaufman's arrest.

So far, Kaufman has managed to avoid being served with the arrest warrant or the civil suit.

We tried contacting him on the phone, and left a message, but never heard back from him.

"It's definitely money we can't afford to lose and we've had to take time off from work, we lost out of our vacation," Hammon said.

Hannon says she has learned an expensive lesson.
"Trust my gut and always go with somebody that's licensed and bonded unless it's somebody you really know well," she said.

Anyone who knows where Kaufman is should call Charleston Police or Crime Stoppers.

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