More businesses come forward to report signage scam

Created: 03/17/2014 7:58 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Police say owners of a local sign company got away with thousands of dollars by forging signatures of city officials. Now more people are coming forward with complaints.

Several business owners in the metro say they trusted Carrillo signs with their brand, but the company never delivered.

"We need a sign everyplace has a sign there's a reason we have them it helps people know we are here and we are doing business.”

The owners, Christopher and Leslie Carrillo are accused of forgery, fraud, and conspiracy.

Investigators say the couple took several thousand dollars from businesses.

They’re accused of forging the signatures of city planners, to trick their clients into thinking the signs were legal to go up.

Richard Rael with Shade Tree Customs and Cafe in Nob Hill says they were scammed too.

Rael says his business went a month and a half after opening without a sign. They paid for the permit and the sign but didn’t see either.

“I really liked his work and I don’t have anything against (Carrillo) I just wished we had our sign at this point in time,” Rael said.

KOB stopped by Carrillo signs for answers. No one seemed to be there and the business had two guard dogs. 

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