COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – For months, KKTV 11 News has been hearing from people who tried to do business with a Colorado Springs man named Gary Gardner and had a horrible experience.
Some people who have reached out claim Gardner, the owner of Spartan Fence Company, was hired to do work, paid and then ghosted them.
KKTV 11 News started investigating Gardner in July and learned there were criminal charges filed against him for theft and crimes against at-risk persons, a class 4 felony. When 11 News confronted Gardner at his home in July, he claimed he plans on reimbursing everyone. He also claimed he is suffering from two tumors in his brain. When 11 News asked for any type of medical documentation to prove he is being treated for tumors, Gardner didn’t provide any.
In arrest papers for Gardner that 11 News obtained, the investigator created a timeline for one case. The affidavit says the victim signed a contract for work on a new fence to start on Feb. 21, 2022 and end Feb. 22, 2022. The victim claims Gardner never showed up and she had trouble contacting him multiple times from Feb. 26 through March 2. On March 2, Gardner allegedly sent a text claiming he had knee surgery. On March 21, the victim sent an Instant Message saying she wanted the deposit back, about $4,300. On April 22, the victim received a check but it bounced.
On April 27, the victim received a letter from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department stating an attempt was made on April 15 to serve the suspect a summons, but the deputy was told by the suspect that the case was settled out of court. The person serving the suspect never confirmed that with the victim.
As of Tuesday night, Gardner has missed multiple court dates and there is an open warrant for his arrest.
The arrest papers add Gardner was found guilty in 2006 of theft against an at-risk adult. Gardner and his company have been sued at least 11 times since 2019, according to the affidavit.
11 News also learned Gardner was found guilty of theft in May of 2021 in Douglas County.
Multiple people tell 11 News each time they tried to file a police report for Gardner and his business, they were told it was a civil matter.
Gardner was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but never showed.
Gardner has never taken a phone call from KKTV 11 News. He stopped communicating over email and despite multiple visits to his home since July, he isn’t responding to our request for more information on why he is skipping out on court. His next court appearance is schedule for Oct. 6.
If you feel you were a victim of Gardner and you’re willing to talk on camera about your experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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