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Update 1/21/15: Patsy Cook can finally relax.

“I’m glad it's over,” she said.

Carl McCollum was supposed to sell her stuff and give her the money.

Friday, he finally handed over the cash.

“It's been two years,” Patsy said. “It's good to get it behind me and go on with my life.”

McCollum refused to meet us in-person.

You'll remember he admitted selling patsy's furniture and appliances in a garage sale, but losing the cash.

“I sent it to the wrong person and I apologized,” he said. “That is 100% on me.”

Patsy's niece, Christa, is the one who contacted the In Your Corner team.

Our camera was rolling as she voiced her frustration with McCollum.

“It's been two years and you haven't never contacted my aunt and uncle about this furniture,” she said. “I give you 24 hours to go see my aunt and take care of this matter. I don't have anything else to say to him.”

It wasn't until we got involved that McCollum delivered an invoice for the furniture he sold and a cashier's check to the family.

We know McCollum still charged Patsy a $95 storage, cleaning, and selling fee.

Patsy says he also sold her mother's cedar chest, which he was supposed to tidy up and return.

“It's hard for someone to think they'd do things like to a person, but there is,” Patsy said.

Patsy's been through a lot lately.

She recently buried her husband, Norman.

She and her niece say contacting the In Your Corner team was the best decision.

“My mother says, ‘Call Scott Hines, Channel 4. He's always in your corner,” Christa said.

Patsy can grieve now with one less distraction.

 

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OKLA. CITY - Patsy Cook recently buried her husband of more than 60 years.

The last thing she needs right now is more stress.

The couple paid Carl McCollum $600 to move them to a retirement village in Shawnee.

Some of the stuff wouldn't fit in their new place, so McCollum offered to sell it for them.

“He was going to sell it and bring me the money for everything,” Patsy said.

The Cook 's niece, Christa Richmond, confronted the mover about the missing items.

“I asked him what happened to the stuff and he said he couldn't tell me,” she said.

There's one item the family really wants back!

It’s the cedar chest that belonged to Patsy's mom.

“He said he'd fix it and bring it back to her,” Christa said.

McCollum sells himself as a jack of all trades.

He’s a mover, landscaper, carpenter, and since 2012, a licensed minister.

We stopped by his warehouse and home in Shawnee.

He wasn't at either location, so we got him on the phone.

“I am still responsible for her furniture and stuff that was sold,” McCollum said.

He tells the In Your Corner team he sold some of the Cook's items, but mistakenly mailed the cash he made off the sales to another family.

“I sent it to the wrong person and I apologized,” he said. “That is 100% on me.”

We asked him about Patsy's missing chest.

“That cedar chest I do not have,” McCollum said. “It was sold when we had our big sale thing.”

Niece, Christa, is fed up with the whole thing.

“It's been two years and you haven't never contacted my aunt and uncle about this furniture,” she said. “I give you 24 hours to go see my aunt and take care of this matter. I don't have anything else to say to him.”

Patsy says she's choosing to take the high road.

She says, "I just have to forgive him."

McCollum refused to meet us in-person.

Now he won't return our phone calls or text messages.

We know he is in on-going talks with the family to get them their money, possibly as soon as Friday.

We'll check back.

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