Cancer fighter fleeced after carport deposit
AS THE search continues for the man responsible for ripping thousands of dollars off Ipswich shed and carport customers, more victims have emerged.
Raceview couple Elizabeth and Raymond Richards and an Ipswich secondary school were among those to approach The Queensland Times yesterday, also claiming to have been ripped off by Patios and Sheds Ipswich.
The company, which was independently owned and operated by DMV Pty Ltd, has slipped off the radar since early January, with customers unable to find out what has happened to their money.
Mr and Mrs Richards paid just over $6000 in deposits to the company for the construction of a double carport.
"We never received any phone calls - we always had to ask them what was happening and what they were up to," Mrs Richards said.
It is a huge blow for the family, as Mr Richards is suffering from lung and brain cancer and his son, Duncan, has disabilities.
"They knew Raymond had cancer when they took our money," Mrs Richards said.
The QT also discovered yesterday that one of the major schools in the region was ripped off by the shed business.
The school, which asked not to be named, paid $8464 in deposits for a manual arts shed and awning.
The amount of money owed to customers featured in the QT has exceeded $37,000.
The Queensland Times understands that the business, formerly known as The Shed Company Ipswich, was sold to Paul De Bruin in March, 2014.
The business is owned and operated by DMV Pty Ltd, whose director and sole shareholder is listed as Johnathan Francis Melein.
The QT contacted Mr Melein yesterday, however he refused to answer questions.
Mr Melein said that he needed to speak to his solicitor and that he would phone the QT back.
The QT made multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr De Bruin this week.