People come forward against man who allegedly scammed tornado victims


by Renee Murphy

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 7:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- There are more alleged victims and new charges have been filed in scams involving tornado victims. We first told you on Wednesday about a contractor allegedly ripping off tornado victims in Henryville. 

Now more people are coming forward saying they were also victimized. The contractor has already been charged in two additional cases since Wednesday.

“It's not right for anybody to do this to no one,” Betty McFarland said.

McFarland and her husband, Jim, own a liquor store near the University of Louisville. They say they were friends with Karl Wray and thought he would repair the roofs on their businesses in Louisville but the work was never completed.

“We tried our darnedest to get him to come back and do the work and then we watched TV yesterday and saw what happened and we said oh my gosh,” Jim McFarland said.

Now they are learning that Karl Wray is facing criminal charges. Prosecutors in Clark County Indiana say Wray took money from Henryville tornado victims for home repairs that were never completed.

The McFarland's say Wray was running the same operation in Louisville and now they are out thousands of dollars.

“We're out about six to seven thousand dollars ourselves. Our son is out about the same amount,” Betty McFarland said.

Their friend Emmett Duke went on the word of the McFarland's and hired Wray to repair his roof and gutters as well. Duke says Wray skipped out on his job too.

“I think he should have to pay for what he's done, taking the people's money and not doing the work. It's ridiculous. It's sad that people have to suffer because he took their money,” Duke said.

“I can get over what I lost. Can't get over what these people in Henryville lost,” Jim McFarland said.

All of the alleged victims say Wray never returns their calls.

We couldn’t get a hold of him either and police have not arrested him.

Wray is facing charges in four cases out of Henryville from tornado victims. The McFarland’s and Duke are pressing charges in Louisville.

The McFarland’s say they’ve been to Wray’s house and there is only a for sale sign left at the Sellersburg, Indiana property. They also say Wray is a big gambler and spends much of his time at Horseshoe Casino.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for a look back at the devastation caused by the storms on March 2 that blew through Kentuckiana.