OKLAHOMA CITY — There is some good news for customers who purchased a storm shelter from the company Extreme Shelters. We first told you about Extreme Shelters in January. Numerous customers called us saying their shelter had never been installed.
Then, last week, Cleveland County charged the owner of the company, Daniel Finch, with one felony count of home repair fraud.
We’ve now learned Finch turned himself in earlier this week and posted bond in Cleveland County.
Not only that, several of his customers say they have now received a refund from Extreme Shelters.
When we last spoke with Finch, he told us he would be refunding everyone’s money and now he’s made good on that promise to some of his customers.
James Hodges, a customer of Extreme Shelters, says, “Four $1,000 money orders and just a little card saying, ‘sorry for the inconvenience. We went out of business. God bless.’”
Hodges was thrilled last Saturday when he opened his mail to find a refund of the $4,000 he had paid Extreme Shelters.
He wasn’t the only one.
James Eason, another Extreme Shelters customer, says, “Last week Dan called me and told me I’d be getting a full reimbursement.”
Eason got back his $2,100.
He says, “I have no hard feelings. I’m glad it all worked out.”
And remember the Garder and Chaffee families from our previous stories?
Both of them say they too have received full refunds, though not every customer has been so lucky.
Ashley Masterson is still waiting for her refund.
She says, “He said he’d be sending us a refund in 60 days. We were happy but we are still skeptical because we haven’t received it yet.”
As for James Hodges, his dealings with Extreme Shelters aren’t over yet.
He’s the one who filed a police report that led to the Cleveland County District Attorney filing a felony charge of home repair fraud against Daniel Finch.
Hodges says, “I just figured if he’s going to do it to me, he’ll do it to someone else so I need to stop him somehow, someway.”
While he is glad to have his money back, he is still upset that things happened the way they did.
Hodges says, “The hassle we had to go through to get him to stand up for his word, I don’t think was right. At least he did it; I give him credit for that.”
We did contact the Cleveland County District Attorney about the refunds.
They were unable to comment on the case due to the new developments.
We also tried to contact Daniel Finch and his attorney; they did not return our calls.