Cori Gonzalez says she called the Troubleshooters because she wants something done.
She says she bought a headstone a year ago for her son David, who she says was the victim of a homicide in 2014. She bought it from Legacy Monuments on Reid Drive. Total cost ? $3500.00, which she paid off in September of last year.
But she says she called us because Legacy still hasn't delivered the headstone. In fact, Gonzalez tells us Sterling Monuments, the company that makes the monument, told her just a couple weeks ago that Legacy hadn't paid them a penny for it yet.
Keep in mind, Gonzalez is a mother who's lost both her sons. She just wants to put her older son's headstone next to her younger son's headstone at Rose Hill Cemetery.
"Every time I talked to her, I would end up crying 'cause she just kept giving me the runaround. Even right now that I'm thinking of it, my eyes are getting watery," Gonzalez told the Troubleshooters. "So it hurts me very, very much. I just want my son's headstone."
The Troubleshooters called Legacy and asked to speak with Loraine Duhart, who Gonzalez says is the business owner. This is a little blurb of the phone conversation. "We are working on a story on a client by the name of Cori Gonzalez. Oh yeah...I'm familiar. I'm familiar with that already and it's been settled. Uh, I don't know why she's doing what she's doing. It's been settled."
Gonzalez identified the voice on the phone as Loraine Duhart.
We should mention that according to Sterling Monuments, Duhart called them this afternoon to make arrangements for the headstone.
Former District Judge Mike Westergren offered Gonzalez this legal perspective. "What's the first thing that came to your mind about what has happened ? Fraud. This is taking money from someone and not doing what you said you're going to do."
Gonzalez says CCPD has advised her to send Legacy Monuments a demand letter giving them ten days to respond. Westergren says it's important to put someone on notice that you're going to take action against them.
And he adds that based on the amount of money involved in this case, in excess of 25-hundred-dollars, this could be a state jail felony.
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