House painter arrested for theft after not painting Nebraska home

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Omaha, Nebraska (WOWT) – A Gretna homeowner dreams of a new look for her home and paid thousands of dollars to make it all come true, but got excuses instead.

After Shawn Weyh paid $ 3,000 to a painter in September, he claims she took the brush off.

“At least 60 text messages corresponding with him and him continue to promise that he will do my job last year, not the spring,” said Weyh.

A quick paint swatch is everything Rich Griger painted on her house.

Part of the $ 3,000 Shawn paid the painter was to turn her red brick to white, and she says this is an appropriate color because it goes with her attempts to reach him.

“Sometimes he said he would be here and he would become a ghost,” said Weyh.

But today the painter Rich Griger appeared on the Sarpy County Jail’s booking page. He was arrested for fraudulent theft after Shawn had documented for several weeks since September 17th that he could have painted her house.

Before Shawn paid 3,000 or 75 percent less, he received a text from Rich Griger Painting saying that if we pay in cash, we will cut $ 200 off.

Jim Hegarty of the Better Business Bureau said, “It is not advisable for homeowners to pay in cash when dealing with contractors. You want documentation of your payment and unless you are paying by credit card or check this will be challenging. “

Because a relative knew the house painter Shawn trusted his business practices, which she now sees as a gray area.

“Never don’t sign a contract, never give anyone money until my project is finished. I think that’s crazy. “

Days before his arrest, the house painter told Griger that the wind and weather in the past four months had not given him the time he needed to do the job properly. He runs a family business and his daughter tells 6 News that most customers pay half of it in cash. They say the client was number one on the list for painting this spring. A hearing on Griger was scheduled for Thursday morning.

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