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An encounter with a real "gem" accused of ripping off east Columbus man

Diamond Murphy and her company -- Diamond Set Roofing and Restoration --allegedly failed to finish an outside home remodeling consisting of roofing, siding, and gutters that cost east Columbus resident Daryl Hartsoe $12,000. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Columbus woman is accused of not fulfilling her agreement as a contractor and failing to pay her employees.

Diamond Murphy and her company -- Diamond Set Roofing and Restoration --allegedly failed to finish an outside home remodeling consisting of roofing, siding, and gutters that cost east Columbus resident Daryl Hartsoe $12,000. Murphy sets up the jobs then finds others to do the work.

Hartsoe signed the contract on May 28 with $4,000 upfront and paid $5,700 when the roof was finished in July . He says the work was supposed to be finished when he came home from vacation, but little else got done. Among his complaints were even the wrong color of siding.

Murphy, who said she's been doing this kind of work for nine years, has never had a problem until "she [got] with a broke [expletive]," as she confronted ABC 6 Investigator Tom Sussi inside the the TV station's lobby.

The roofer has since put a lien on his home for the $2,000 Murphy owes him.

When asked about the worker's gripe for not being paid, she answered with a racist response.

"That's what Mexicans are for. That's what the [expletive] Mexicans are for. Trump, building the [expletive] wall," said Murphy as she

As for Murphy's credentials, she started the company in June 2014, stating its licensed, insured, and bonded. However, the business address listed is a vacant east Columbus apartment from where she and her husband were evicted last year.

Sussi, whose made a living exposing crooked contractors and businesses with stops in Lansing, Flint, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Orlando, said his encounter with Murphy was unlike anything he'd ever experienced.

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