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News5 Investigates: Beef producer breaks promise to refund customers

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On Monday, News5 Investigates exposed a beef producer who took people’s money and never delivered the product.

Naomi Huckins promised she would refund everyone’s money by the end of the week, but that didn’t happen.

Now, even more victims have come forward saying they’ve been duped by the same woman.

We asked Naomi, “For people who have not received a refund, how soon can they see their money?”

“Within the next 48-72 hours,” Naomi told News5 on Monday. “Just contact me.”

Since our initial story ran, more people have come forward claiming Naomi scammed them.

“I paid her $700,” Diane Hanchey said.

The $700 was for a deposit for half a cow.

"She (Naomi) told me it would be here in 5 weeks and it would be at the butcher shop,” she said.

Five weeks came and went.

"I told Naomi I need the meat and that my family is counting on that prime rib for Christmas,” Hanchey said.

The meat was never delivered and no refund was given.

Cecelia Scurlock says Naomi scammed her too.

Cecelia sold Naomi nearly $1,200 worth of hay, but Noami had written a hot check.

"About 5 days later I received a non-sufficient funds letter from the bank," Scurlock said.

Cecilia claims she called Naomi multiple times asking of her money, but says Naomi just made excuses.

"As you know this time of year with Christmas and children, I had to let them know this was going to be a lean Christmas and that there wouldn't be a lot of gifts when I have a $1,200 check that bounced,” Cecelia said.

News5 Investigates has identified at least a dozen victims allegedly scammed by Naomi Huckins, who also uses the last name “Pridgen”.

Unfortunately, police say once you voluntarily give someone cash for goods or services, it becomes a civil matter and those cases have to go through small claims court.

In addition to suing in small claims court, victims are still encouraged to notify police.

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