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Woman swindled by handyman gets remodel from police officers

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A Phoenix woman trying to replace the carpet in her home was scammed by a man who took her money and never came back to do the job. Now she's getting some help from police officers in Maryvale.

These are the heroes in this story -- police officers with the Maryvale precinct. They stepped in to help a woman who was scammed out of more than a thousand dollars.

"You know obviously this is one of the most rewarding parts of the job is to sometimes fill a need for somebody," says Phoenix Police Det. Michelle Dalton.

Charlie Mae Johnson is in her 70s, retired, living on a fixed income. It took her a while to save up $1,200. She hired a man to come replace her carpet in her Maryvale home.

But he left with the money to never return. These community officers heard her story and wanted to help.

"I feel better already because I'm getting some things done and I can move on now," says Johnson.

Thursday they're doing a mini home makeover -- cleaning the front yard, painting the home, and replacing the carpet.

"Oh my goodness I'm getting a lot of support and it's really awesome, it's really awesome."

Phoenix Police say home improvement scams happen all the time, so you really have to check out who you hire to do work around your home.

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