Woman Says Contractors Took Her Money Before They Finished The Work

(Memphis) A woman reportedly paid thousands to get her North Memphis home rebuilt after a fire, but said the contractors took the cash and didn’t finish the work.

“They said they could fix the house up,” Catherine Bailey said.

Bailey said it was empty promises.

Electrical problems caused her house to catch fire two years ago.

She and her insurance company vetted Economy Builders out of Memphis, but now say not well enough.

She sent the company $20,000 to rebuild her home.

“The problem is they never finished the house,” said Bailey. “The work was supposed to be completed a year ago.”

Bailey said Economy Builders stopped working on it without any explanation or phone calls.

WREG tried to get an answer. We called the number on her contract several times, but no one returned our calls.

Neighbors said last week was the first time they saw people outside the home since December.

“I saw some guys in the driveway last week, but wouldn’t know if they were workers or destroyers,” said Patrice Ingram, who lives across the street.

Ingram said the wrought-iron bars, copper wiring, and air conditioning unit are all missing.

Bailey said police are now looking for the thieves after she filed a police report.

“I tried to get the insurance company to secure the property, but they say it’s up to the person doing the work to secure the property,” said Bailey.

Bailey said she was raised in the home, so she’s not giving up on her pride and joy.

“I want them to finish my house,” she said.

Bailey filed a law suit against the company, and she’s still waiting to hear back on why they haven’t finished the home.