Special Report: Chesapeake couple left high and dry after paying contractor $180,000 of taxpayer money

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A Chesapeake couple contacted 10 On Your Side because they said their frustrations are at an all-time high. The couple explained that they paid a Virginia Beach contractor federal money to raise their home from flooding, but the work stopped shortly after it started and months later nothing has been done. 

“This is our paradise,” said Joann Thomas.

When Joann and Bobby Thomas moved to Chesapeake 32 years ago, they wanted a place right on the water.

“We had very good times here,” Thomas added.

They chose a home on the Elizabeth River on a street fittingly named Deepwater Drive.

“I used to come home from work and enjoy coming out here,” Thomas said.

Those enjoyable days ended in 1996.  That’s when the flooding started and it has only progressively gotten worse.

“Twice it happened to us when it came through the whole house,” Thomas said.  

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NHS Fraud and Hampshire police investigate money theft at Portsmouth NHS contractor

Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance (PPCA) reported the loss to Hampshire police and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority after the theft was reported on September 28.

A 44-year-old man from Portsmouth attended a police station voluntarily and gave an interview under caution.

Police could not confirm how much money was transferred but the PPCA told The News that the investigation won’t affect services for patients.

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A statement from the PPCA said: ‘We have reported to the police and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority after discovering money missing from the PPCA account. As an investigation is on-going we’re not able to comment further.

‘This investigation won’t impact on our ability to deliver services. We remain able

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Contractor to steps up to help woman who was scammed; asks for donations of time, money and materials

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Several homeowners say they are out thousands of dollars after they hired a Denver contractor to finish their basements, but another contractor is stepping up to help one of the homeowners.

Denver7 introduced you to Van Ngo earlier this month after she hired Braveheart Construction and paid the owner, TJ Welker, $5,000 to start the job. Ngo was hoping to get the basement project finished as soon as possible so her elderly parents could move in with her.

She said after weeks of work, Welker had only completed the

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How much money TikTok, Instagram influencer makes with affiliate links

  • Vi Lai was working full time as a realtor, but that changed when the pandemic upended her career in March.
  • Now, Lai is earning money as a skincare influencer on TikTok and Instagram, where she has hundreds of thousands of followers and posts content about skincare routines and product reviews. 
  • “I would not have survived” without TikTok, Lai said.
  • The skincare industry has seen a surge in social-media content and engagement since the start of the pandemic, as more people spend time at home and spend money on self-care.
  • Lai spoke with Business Insider about how she’s been able to earn over $5,000 per month using affiliate codes and how she’s navigated brand sponsorships. 
  • Subscribe to Business Insider’s influencer newsletter: Insider Influencers.

29-year-old Vi Lai was working full time as a realtor in Boston until the pandemic upended her career in March.

“I’m a realtor, I need to socialize for

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How much money do you really need to buy a house?

Here’s precisely how much money you need to purchase a home in today’s market.

Although coronavirus cases are rising in many parts of the country, the pandemic has done little to stifle the U.S. housing market. On the contrary: home buying is heating up nationwide.

Existing home sales jumped 20.7% in June at an annual rate of 4.72 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, new home sales surged 13.8 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000 units, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported, pushing the sales rate of new homes to its highest level in 13 years.

Record-low mortgage rates are fueling demand from home buyers. The average rate of a 30-year fixed mortgage fell below 3% for the first time in history this summer, according to Freddie Mac, one of the largest buyers of home mortgages in the

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Labourer kills contractor over money, arrested by Thane police





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A 23-year-old labourer has been arrested in the murder of a 37-year-old contractor working in Ghodbunder. The murder took place on October 22. The accused allegedly killed the man as he didn’t return his money that he wanted to send to his village. Kasarvadavali police nabbed the accused while he was planning to flee the city.

The victim, identified as Vijay Saroj used to work as a contractor and he brought accused Suraj Saroj to Mumbai from his village in Uttar Pradesh to provide him work. Both are related. On October 22, at around 10 am, the accused allegedly assaulted Saroj with an iron pipe to death at his residence on Ghodbunder Road for not giving his hard-earned money.

Kasarvadavali police officers said, “The accused had fought with the victim several times over money as he never used to give his payment even though he

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Labourer kills contractor over money, arrested by Thane police – mumbai news

A 23-year-old labourer has been arrested in the murder of a 37-year-old contractor working in Ghodbunder. The murder took place on October 22. The accused allegedly killed the man as he didn’t return his money that he wanted to send to his village. Kasarvadavali police nabbed the accused while he was planning to flee the city.

The victim, identified as Vijay Saroj used to work as a contractor and he brought accused Suraj Saroj to Mumbai from his village in Uttar Pradesh to provide him work. Both are related. On October 22, at around 10 am, the accused allegedly assaulted Saroj with an iron pipe to death at his residence on Ghodbunder Road for not giving his hard-earned money.

Kasarvadavali police officers said, “The accused had fought with the victim several times over money as he never used to give his payment even though he completed his work. The accused

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Contractor arrested for taking money from Deltona woman for fence he did not build



a man looking at the camera: Kenneth Lee Huffstutler, Jr.


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Kenneth Lee Huffstutler, Jr.

A man who relocated to Florida after he was convicted of stealing money from his contracting business customers in North Dakota, was arrested on Wednesday accused of stealing money from a Deltona woman who paid for a fence that was not built, Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators said.

Kenneth Lee Huffstutler, Jr., 39, who was identified as a contractor in his arrest report, was charged with an organized scheme to defraud and communications fraud of $300 or more. He was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail on $5,000 bail, according to court records.

A detailed report by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shows that Huffstutler had been doing business between North Dakota and Florida for the last 10 years and has operated several construction-related businesses with his girlfriend Leslie Victoria Crawford, 34. Investigators said the couple also kept changing addresses of their businesses

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Bradenton homes selling significantly faster and for more money than they did a year ago

Manatee County saw another super-heated sales month in September for existing single-family homes with the median price rising by $35,000 to $350,000, compared to the same month in 2019.

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The median is the midpoint of all sales prices. Half the homes sold for more, half for less.

Homes were not only bringing higher prices in September than a year earlier, they were also selling faster: 23 days to contract, compared to 43 days in 2019, according to the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

There were 730 new pending sales in September, compared to 492 a year earlier, further depleting inventory and making the Bradenton area even more of a seller’s market. A balanced market is considered one with six months of inventory. There were 1.9 months of inventory in the Bradenton area in September, compared to 3.3 months of inventory a year earlier.

Buyers’ appetite for Bradenton

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Opinion/Parpos: Some things money cannot buy – News – Wicked Local

What can I tell you about money that you haven’t already heard? It [money] cannot buy happiness; though, I don’t think it is until one is older that they can see, in entirety, the depths of why and how that is.

Columns share an author’s personal perspective and are often based on facts in the newspaper’s reporting.

Dear Child,

What can I tell you about money that you haven’t already heard? It [money] cannot buy happiness; though, I don’t think it is until one is older that they can see, in entirety, the depths of why and how that is.

The bottom line to those many lessons and talks on money is this: All that makes life worth living cannot be bought. The aforementioned is not something that (monetary-wise) poor people say to comfort themselves or to fool themselves into believing that a penny is worth more than one cent.

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