Suspect In OKC Storm Shelter Scam Charged With Embezzlement
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City eye doctor has been scammed out of thousands of dollars. The doctor says he was promised a storm shelter by a man he trusted.
Taylor Wheeler turned himself into the Oklahoma County Jail early Thursday morning and bonded out in a matter of hours. But News 9 caught up with him as he made his first appearance in court.
He and his attorney refused to answer any questions, but they will have to answer to a court of law after the Oklahoma Attorney General's office filed a felony embezzlement case against Wheeler.
Court documents state Wheeler told a local eye doctor, Dr. Kong Chang, he would build him a storm shelter inside his home.
Court papers state Wheeler claimed to have a "great relationship" with the manufacturer of the safe room which in this case was F5 Storm Shelters.
F5 Storm Shelters checked its records and found no information of any relationship with Wheeler or his alleged company.
“So I think he either drove by our location or found us on the internet. And used us and we have a trustworthy name and so he played off that,” said Ryan Ford with F5 Storm Shelters.
Ford said the best thing you can do is contact them directly and even come to their store.
“We are never going to use a third party affiliate and ask for thousands of dollars up front,” said Ford.
Dr. Chang said several people called him and told him Wheeler did the same thing to them. The AG's office is investigating.