More complaints surface against First Coast interior designer

A single Jacksonville household claims they dropped $58,000 to the operator of Sweet Southern Pickins.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Extra families are coming ahead with their stories, claiming a Jacksonville interior designer unsuccessful to adhere to through on perform they employed her to do.

We first described on the grievances from Sweet Southern Pickins on Friday, with 1 family’s push for answers and a refund.

“We were being basically taken for $58,000, it really is like I just gave it away,” Carol Welden instructed First Coastline Information. 

She feels stiffed and stood up after paying out the revenue for inside structure get the job done that she states she under no circumstances gained.

“No sort of service, products, or nearly anything had been returned for my cash,” Welden explained.

We attained out to the owner of Sweet Southern Pickins, Marlena Heck, but have not heard back. Welden claims Heck failed to deliver on their contract, which integrated outfitting her new Jacksonville retirement dwelling.

Due to the fact our tale with Welden aired final 7 days, others have occur ahead sharing their adverse ordeals with Heck.  

Kristina Johnson wrote on Fb, “We as well loaded a BBB criticism versus them for incomplete get the job done. We have been contacted by the bureau and delivered our data. We gave an straightforward evaluate of the company on their Fb website page which they deleted numerous situations and eradicated the score perform. I am glad an individual acquired justice.”

Beth Bradley responded, “I much too was ripped off by her. She never ever responded to my cellular phone phone calls or letters. I experienced to employ someone else to cleanse up her mess.”

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Shopper regulation attorney Austin Griffin states finding any income back again can be difficult.  “Unfortunately, there is a method. I say sadly in this instance for the reason that these persons ended up wronged, at the very least from what I can inform from the filings,” he said.

Welden won a civil judgment versus Heck, but states she has not acquired any reimbursement.

If Heck data files for bankruptcy, Griffin suggests it could be difficult to get any dollars back again, but Welden could pursue a prison case which he states could even now compel Heck to pay back the income back again through court docket buy restitution. 

“From my knowledge, that would not be wiped out in personal bankruptcy due to the fact that would fundamentally be a felony good,” Griffin said. 

Welden suggests she shared her tale to alert others. She urges you to do your investigation, beyond working with social media, prior to employing everyone to do function on your household.

“The only other location I seemed was her business enterprise on the internet, I failed to dig any deeper,” Welden mentioned. 

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