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Shaun Brown is a fake contractor who runs that shell company called Stellar Home Solutions. And, as it turns out, Brown is reportedly making his rounds ripping off people. (Source: 3TV) Shaun Brown is a fake contractor who runs that shell company called Stellar Home Solutions. And, as it turns out, Brown is reportedly making his rounds ripping off people. (Source: 3TV)
Brown already has some legal problems on his hands. (Source: 3TV) Brown already has some legal problems on his hands. (Source: 3TV)
Drummond simply wanted to replace his countertops and Brown agreed to do it for about $3,150, just as long as he could be paid 65 percent in advance. (Source: 3TV) Drummond simply wanted to replace his countertops and Brown agreed to do it for about $3,150, just as long as he could be paid 65 percent in advance. (Source: 3TV)
Cheryl Condragh said Brown abandoned a remodeling job way back in October even though Condragh had handed him more than $8,000 in advance. (Source: 3TV) Cheryl Condragh said Brown abandoned a remodeling job way back in October even though Condragh had handed him more than $8,000 in advance. (Source: 3TV)
(3 ON YOUR SIDE) -

Cheryl Condragh's bathroom is a complete disaster.

"Cheryl, your bathroom looks like a construction zone,” 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper said while inspecting Condragh’s master bathroom.

“Yeah,” she replied in disbelief.

And, it's been like this since Sept. 1.

That's because the company she hired called Stellar Home Solutions abandoned the remodeling job way back in October even though Condragh had handed over more than $8,000 in advance.

"So, $12,000 to re-do the master bath?" Harper asked. “And, you handed over more than half?”

"Yes, she replied. “He asked for 65 percent up front."

She's talking about a guy named Shaun Brown, who Condragh identified through a previous mugshot. He's a fake contractor who runs that shell company called Stellar Home Solutions. And, as it turns out, Brown is reportedly making his rounds ripping off people.

Just ask Jason Drummond.

"What was the grand plan here?” Harper asked Drummond as they looked around Drummond’s kitchen.

"Well, the plan was to replace all of these counters and all of those counters including that one over there," he said.

Drummond says he's also a victim of Brown. Drummond simply wanted to replace his countertops and Brown agreed to do it for about $3,150, just as long as he could be paid 65 percent in advance.

There's that number again.

"65 percent is kind of an odd number?” Harper said.

"That's why I thought as well,” Drummond chuckled.

But, after handing over nearly $2,100, which is 65 percent, Brown never even bothered to show his face again.

And Drummond and Condragh say here's the irritating part. Brown lives right in their community called Verrado. In fact, they all live within a few streets of each other.

"He walked away with a lot of money and I'll probably never see it again,” a frustrated Condragh said.

“Who does something like that?” Harper asked.

“You know, not somebody who lives in your own community you don't think," she said.

3 On Your Side emailed Brown and called him several times. But, he never called back.

So, we went to his Verrado home that he rents. But, no one ever answered.

However, we did discover Brown has some legal problems on his hands.

Not only is he not licensed to remodel which is required by law, but he's due in court next month to be sentenced for a drunk driving-related conviction.

His victims believe their money is probably being used for his legal troubles and they don't like it.

“I did accuse him of stealing,” Condragh told 3 On Your Side. "And when I used the word stealing, he told me, 'Well, I wouldn't call it stealing.'"

Complaints have been filed with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. As for that drunk driving related conviction, Brown is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

3 On Your Side plans on airing a follow-up report to let you what happens.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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