• Action 9: Updates on 3 stories from past year

    By: Jason Stoogenke


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A businessman faces charges. Two renters get to keep dogs they say they need. A homeowner won tens of thousands of dollars in court. 
    These are three major updates to Action 9 investigations dating back to last year.
    First there was Becky Howell. She hired Randy Briel to build a patio and fence, but he only did part of the job. She wanted her money back. 
    When she asked Action 9 for help, Action 9 recognized Briel's name. He had been on its radar since 2011, changed his business name 16 times over six years, and served time for breach of trust in South Carolina.

    After Action 9 got involved, Briel gave her money back.  But just this month, Waxhaw police arrested him again.  He's charged with cashing a bad check for more than $2,000. Read more about this story.

    Then there was Jennifer Helfgott.  She and at least four other viewers complained to Action 9 about contractor Sammy Mullis.  They said he took money, but never did the work.  He was accused of similar behavior in Tennessee and pleaded guilty there.  He was recently sentenced and is serving time there.  At the same time, there was a warrant for his arrest in the Charlotte area.  Action 9 now knows a Mecklenburg County court awarded Helfgott $21,000 in damages. Read more about this story.
    Last, you may remember the Roundses.  Their east Charlotte HOA said "no pets."  They said their dogs weren't pets; they were service animals and they wanted to keep them.  When Action 9 got involved, the HOA agreed to take another look at their situation.

    The Roundses recently emailed Action 9, "Since the airing of the piece, major changes have occurred." They say they get to keep the dogs. Read more about this story.

    If you've been ripped off, overbilled or misled; or if you see something that is hurting all consumers, contact Action 9.

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