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Troubleshooters: Unpaid Contractor

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Man accused of not paying contractor tries to get away from Andy Liscano. Man accused of not paying contractor tries to get away from Andy Liscano.
CORPUS CHRISTI -

Charlie Sanders is a project manager for PFC Construction Services of Mesquite.

They've been hired, in part, to renovate apartments at the La Armada complex.  PFC in turn sub-contracted with local contractor Philip Salazar to work on 9 of those apartments.  "Normally what we do is we tear everything off.  Paint and texture and everything that's on the walls," he told the Troubleshooters.  

Salazar has been the subject of previous Troubleshooter reports, but this time he's claiming he's the victim. 

This time he's the one who hasn't been paid for work done by his crew since mid-July.

Cefarino Ruiz is part of Salazar's crew.  "We've been working all these weeks for I say for free.  And that's not fun.  It isn't."

According to Salazar, he's turned in invoices and a draw sheet to PFC every Friday, per his contract with PFC, so his guys can get paid the following Tuesday.

Another PFC Project Manager Kevin Krejci didn't offer help much when we ran into him on the property.  "Who pays them?  PFC.  Who pays PFC?  The state?

That's something you need to talk to someone else that has more answers on that.  Like Charlie Sanders?  I have no idea."

Salazar estimates PFC owes him nearly $13,000.00.

He let us hear part of an earlier phone conversation he had with the company's owner where he was quite outspoken.  "Slavery's over.  If my guys are not gonna get paid, let me know so I can just pull them out.  Now.  Now.  Don't talk to me like that.  That's not how it's supposed to be done.  Well sir, I don't have a check."  

Later in the conversation the owner tells Salazar he's on the company's priority list.

We left a message with him, and we eventually caught up to and spoke with Charlie Sanders.  "Can you tell me something?  I can't talk to you man.  Who should I talk to?  The owner of the company." 

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