The Round Rock couple claim they were cheated out of thousands by a contractor

An arrest warrant has now been issued for Pro Surface Inc.’s David House.

ROUND ROCK, Texas — A Round Rock couple say they were cheated of their money when Pro Surface Inc. contractor David House took more than $7,000 from them without completing the project he was being paid to do.

John Newhouse, Editor at KVUE, and his wife Claire King live in Round Rock. They wanted to convert their garage into a living space for King’s mother. But even after paying House more than $7,000, they said months went by and no construction happened.

“I’m really sad because this was something I was supposed to do for my mother. Since she lives with us and is older, we wanted her to have her own space,” King said.

They quit House in May. House promised to return her money but never did.

The couple then filed a police report with the Round Rock Police Department, and a warrant was subsequently issued for House’s arrest. They also went the civil route in June and won a judgment for all their money. But House still hasn’t paid. We reached out to House and he called us back, yelled obscenities and threatened lawsuits.

Round Rock Police charged House with theft in July but have yet to arrest him.

“We’re running out of money, and I’m concerned that this will happen to other people after us,” King said.

After some investigation we found that Pro Surface Inc. has a bad record with the State Comptroller due to the upcoming tax break. We found out that House is also suing for $9,100 in unpaid rent. Additionally, records show he has multiple misdemeanor convictions, including assault.

Round Rock Police gave us a statement that said, in part, “Round Rock Police encourage people to do their own research on the credibility of anyone they are considering hiring for work. If you can, sign a contract with the company and make sure the deadlines are clearly outlined.”

This young couple just wants their money back so they can hire a new contractor.

“I’m a nervous wreck. I was wondering if that will ever be resolved,” King said.

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