Contractor allegedly took cash, didn’t do work

William Anthony Mason. (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of taking thousands of dollars from several people now faces fraud charges.

Contractor William Anthony Mason has been brought up on false pretenses charges in Kent County after he allegedly scammed a couple out of $840.

Ariadyne Herbert and her husband hired Mason, who also goes by Tony Mason, to replace their 40-year-old cabinets after replying to his advertisement on Craigslist.

“He seemed very honest,” Herbert said. “He seemed really nice. He came there three times. He brought a sample of his work. He gave us references we checked out and they seemed to be good. He had pictures of custom homes he had done. And we believed the man.”

The night before Herbert’s husband was due to have heart surgery, Mason began calling her, saying he needed a deposit for the cabinets.

“We gave him the money. He even showed us a router he bought to do my doors. And then he left and we never heard from him again,” Herbert said. “I feel I was totally scammed, defrauded. And I think he has to be stopped.”

Herbert said she decided she did not want others to fall victim to his scam.

“I must have tried to contact him 20 to 40 times before I decided to called the police,” she said.

Now, she is left with new countertops, but no new cabinets and doesn’t have the money to pay someone else for new ones.

“He lied to us. He ended up totally deceiving us in every way possible,” she said.

But the Herberts are not the only people who say they have given money to Mason and not received what was promised.

A Hudsonville couple, who asked not to be named, also was working on a new kitchen and are now out thousands of dollars.

After seeing renderings of what their kitchen was supposed to look like, the couple cut Mason a check for $7,000.

“Seven thousand dollars he took from me on a $20,000 job. He took the money down and never did any work,” one of the Hudsonville couple said.

The couple said Mason showed great work and seemed to know what he was doing.

“This guy was a smooth talker. He was good at what he did. It takes a lot to get that kind of money out of my pocket,” they said.

Neither the couple in Hudsonville nor the Herberts expect to get their money back.

But there are even more alleged victims.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with a woman in Grand Rapids who claims Mason took $40,000 worth of valuable wood out of her Victorian home when she hired him to do a complete renovation. She was not living at the home when she says he took the wood.

24 Hour News 8 also spoke with several people in Ohio who said they, too, were scammed out of work after putting a deposit down with Mason.

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