A trusting pensioner gave 1000 UAH to the master who “forgot” about his promise to mend her cellar and just disappeared. Lawyers helped woman to return her money.
Our people, especially old ones, trust others too much. Fraudsters and negligent service providers use that a lot. However, it is difficult to see the difference between them.
Pensioner Halyna Petrivna Tomenko* visited Community Law Center of Chuhuev human rights group with such problem: the Kharkiv businessman promised to mend her cellar door and took 1000 UAH in advance. At the end of autumn, there were no door and no money.
Fraud contract and group deception
The only document Halyna had was so-called contract – without any number and with surprising handwritten note: “1000 UAH”. She was sure that businessman was obliged to mend her cellar by now.
She was not alerted by the fact that there were no address and phone number of service provider. She was sure that he “forgot” about her and will do everything after she finds him.
She took that problem to the Center. She also told that the man took money from her other neighbors, promising to repair windows, balconies etc. He took money in advance but did not finish his job.
The case looks criminal
When Center’s coordinator Yuriy Chumak offered to file a report on the crime to the police station based on article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (fraud), she could not believe that the fraud took place with her.
She agreed. Yuriy Chumak insisted that the report should be addressed to the head of the regional police department.
Halyna came to the Center several days ago and said that the businessman returned all the money to her. Whether he will be tried in court – that question should be addressed to the police officers. But Halyna Petrivna hired familiar master and he mended her cellar.
*The name is changed due to ethical reasons.
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