Feedback: Potsdam Family Out $20,000
Note: This story has been updated. The update is at the bottom of the original report.
All Samantha Willard wanted was a little more room.
With a baby due later this month, her family of five is growing, and living in a cramped, two bedroom trailer on Route 11B just outside of Potsdam isn't cutting it.
Samantha and husband Steven sleep in the living room. There is no room for a crib.
So Samantha considered herself lucky when she found an ad on craigslist for a big, five bedroom trailer. Willard contacted the seller and paid a $20,000 down payment for the trailer.
"$20,0000, that's our life savings," Samantha said. "Money is short. We could have lived off that for the winter."
The seller, a man who identified himself as Patrick Henry, promised to deliver the trailer last week. He said it was coming from the Albany area. He even dropped off cinder blocks for the set-up. He called to say the trailer was on the way, and then...nothing.
7 News archives show a man named Patrick Henry was arrested by state police in January for taking $11,000 for a mobile home that he allegedly did not deliver.
Update Thursday, 12.5.12:
Patrick Henry called 7 News late Wednesday morning to explain that he had not delivered the trailer because the Willards had not provided a concrete pad for it. After a series of telephone calls involving Henry, Samantha and 7 News, it appeared that Henry has agreed to refund some money to Samantha Friday, though the exact dollar amount remains in dispute.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Watertown, NY
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