OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday, the In Your Corner team received word Jimmy Hinson took a plea deal in his felony case, pleading guilty to 8 counts.
Those offenses include failing to register as a sex offender, failure to pay child support, driving with a suspended license and no insurance, and leading police on a high speed chase that caused a major accident and left one person badly injured.
The In Your Corner team was tipped off months ago about the alleged home repair fraud con Hinson and his wife, Christina, had been running around our state.
“They got $1800,” customer Sandra Toby said.
A second family claims the Hinsons duped them too.
“It’s shocking,” Etti Bitton said. “It hurts.”
They sued Christina Hinson and won, but so far she’s refusing to cough up the judgment.
Jimmy Hinson’s already serving hard time.
His sentences will run concurrently, which equates to 35 years behind bars.
UPDATE 3/28/18 - Sandra Toby is fit to be tied.
She's alleging Jimmy and Christina Hinson sweet talked their way into her life and her pocketbook.
“Because my husband is a Veteran, which Jimmy also told us he was a Veteran from Iran, Iraq,” Sandra said.
Her complaint is the company cashed her checks, but left behind shoddy repair work and left most of the job unfinished.
Finding Jimmy Hinson was easy.
He's in jail being held on a million dollar bond at the Cleveland County lock-up after leading police on a high speed chase that caused a major accident and left one person in critical condition.
Police say Hinson was driving with a suspended license and no insurance, and was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and for not paying child support.
Sandra said, “I was not shocked at all, not at all.”
Earlier, a second family, Etti Biton and her son, Nisim, also had plenty to say about Jimmy and Christina Hinson and their alleged cheap-jack work.
“It was all literally garbage work, not even by the code,” Nisim said.
Etti is suing the Hinsons and was finally able to serve Christina with court papers at her rental property in Norman, right before their landlord gave them the boot for unpaid rent.
Christina is dodging us too.
Word is she's living with family about an hour outside of OKC.
She did finally respond to my email claiming she had "no idea what was taking place.”
She says these customers' complaints "is not what happened at all."
Remember, Jimmy Hinson is also accused of stealing from Etti's neighbor, Oliver Murray.
Sandra is now wondering if the tools the Hinsons left behind at her house were actually stolen from someone else.
“This drill,” she said. “Now I've cleaned it up [because] It was pretty nasty.”
OKLAHOMA CITY - Etti Biton and her son, Nisim, left out in the cold and allegedly hoodwinked to the tune of about $2,500 by Jimmy and Christina Hinson of Sooner Repair and Renovations.
Etti posted several "help wanted" ads online.
“I was my own self contractor, just looking for another help with people to guide me and help me,” she said.
The agreement was Etti would purchase all of the materials and the Hinsons would pony up the expertise and labor.
What Etti says she got in return was shoddy work and the cold shoulder.
“She was trying to tell me, ‘Do not listen to people who want to scam you,'” Etti said. “She even warned me and did that.”
Etti's in the process of suing the Hinsons, except she can't find them to serve the court papers.
We spent weeks trying to track them down.
Their phones appear to be turned off and we know the couple keeps getting evicted, most recently from Moore Santa Fe Estates Mobile Home RV Park in Oklahoma City.
We’re not sure where they're living now and their work address traces back to a PO box.
Etti's hired more help to keep the project moving along, but the cash is running out, fast.
“That's all I had,” she said. “Just gone, down the drain and I have to come back again and ask my father to send me money to help me to try to finish this.”
It appears the Biton’s weren't the only family on the block with a gripe.
Neighbor Oliver Murray, says Jimmy Hinson approached him about borrowing one of his tools and then never returned it.
“He did not appear to be a thief, but again I haven't got my leveler either,” Oliver said. “They say there is a special place for those types of people.”
Christina Hinson sent Etti a text message apologizing.
“I will make it right,” she said. “You have my word."
Apologies, though, don't mean anything without the follow through.
Etti says she even made tee shirts for the Hinsons and gifted them her Hebrew English bible.
“I hand it to her,” she said. “[Christina] was in tears and crying and says, ‘Thank you so much.’”
We repeatedly called and emailed Christina Hinson.
We’ll keep you posted on things.