In Your Corner Update: Contractor back behind bars
OKLA. CITY – There are more allegations of wrong doing against Shane Thomas.
He’s the contractor and anti-government extremist accused of defrauding countless Oklahoma families.
Brett Garcia of Garcia’s Bogus Check Recovery represents subcontractors and area businesses that say Thomas wrote them hot checks.
“He wouldn’t know what the truth was if it was to tap dance across his forehead,” he said.
Garcia says he’s trying to collect on unpaid invoices totaling more than $30,000!
“He’s ducking and diving from his legal and moral obligation,” Garcia said.
Our cameras rolled as officers cuffed and stuffed Thomas on a separate bogus check charge.
We’ve also been receiving complaints about the contractor from tornado survivors in Moore.
Thomas was later released from jail.
Thursday night, officers arrested him, again.
This time they hauled him to jail for home repair fraud in Oklahoma County.
Police were tipped off about the contractor’s whereabouts after someone spotted him partying at a metro nightclub.
The next day we spotted his pick-up still parked out front.
Later on, outside court we spotted Thomas donning a state issued jumpsuit.
Friday, the prosecution requested a special hearing asking the judge to set a higher bond for Thomas. It’s alleged the contractor continues to victimize families.
In the end, the judge slapped Thomas with a large cash bond!
Meaning the only way Thomas gets out of jail this time is if he or someone else comes up with $90,000, all cash.
Nick Pittman says that’s music to his ears.
“If he gets out today, he’s going to go back and do it to somebody else,” he said.
Pittman, a disabled veteran, hired Thomas to remodel his handicap bathroom.
“I asked him, ‘Please, August 30th is my wedding anniversary’,” he said. “He promised he would have that done way before then…but he never showed up.”
One thing is for sure. Thomas won’t be doing any contracting work anytime soon.
Thomas said, “I’m not unapologetic. It’s just I’m not guilty.”
Anyone with a gripe against Thomas should file a complaint with their local authorities and the attorney general.
There’s still no word on whether customers will receive restitution.
Another hearing is set for next month.
Our team will be there to bring you the latest with the case.