Couple loses retirement savings in alleged driveway scam - KCTV5

Couple loses retirement savings in alleged driveway scam

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Steven and Helen Allensworth say they withdrew retirement money to hire Zachry Theodore Russell to repave their worn and cracked driveway.

The Allensworths said he seemed like you could have him over for Thanksgiving dinner.

Russell even texted images to the couple as a reference and promised a speedy job.

"Just acted like he knew exactly what he was doing," said the couple.

The couple’s down payment was more than $2,000. They say Russell cashed the check and never returned.

Steven says at first Russell couldn't schedule his concrete partner.

Then after a broken cell phone excuse, a week later, Steven received this voicemail.

"The one that really excited me is that you're threatening me? You might want to retract that statement," said Russell on the recording.

Steven denied making any threats.

KCTV5 scoured court records, uncovering Russell’s criminal past, including a mug shot for violating a restraining order in March.

The images Russell sent to Helen were from companies in Texas and Ohio.

"They said he never worked for them, that was not his driveway, that was theirs," the couple said.

Now, the Merriam couple hopes their police report is enough to arrest Russell and get their money back.

The couple said, "Mostly I'm embarrassed at being taken. And obviously saddened."

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