EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Christa McLaughlin ordered dozens of handmade treats for her daughter’s classroom for Valentine’s Day.
“I was supposed to get everything Monday morning,” said McLaughlin who lives in Excelsior Springs. “It was supposed to be delivered to my home.”
But nothing arrived and McLaughlin is out the nearly $500 she spent on the classroom gifts and gifts for her family.
McLaughlin isn’t the only one complaining. There’s an entire Facebook page comprised of people who say they were scammed by the same woman, Michelle Thomas. She’s the owner of an online business called Candy Cloud.
McLaughlin said Thomas had multiple excuses as to why she never delivered the goods.
“She was at the police department because someone had jumped her,” McLaughlin said that she what Thomas wrote in a text to her.
A few hours later, she was at the hospital being treated for injuries.
“I asked which hospital she was at because I could go pick up the delivery because my daughter had to have the items,” McLaughlin said.
Thomas never answered. Then Thomas’ company Facebook page disappeared.That’s when McLaughlin knew she had been scammed. She texted Thomas, demanding a full refund. It never came. McLoughlin then filed a theft report with Excelsior Springs Police.
Michelle Thomas is no stranger to police. She’s on probation for writing bad checks and stealing from a Rent-A-Center, something she ackowledged after we texted her asking for her side.
Thomas even agreed to talk to us on camera, but then changed her mind. She insisted, however, that she’s the real victim. She blamed PayPal for freezing her bank account, which she said has prevented her from repaying people. She also told us she fears for her life because of threats made by angry customers. Something McLaughlin said is just another excuse.
“Nobody’s attacked her,” McLaughlin said. “Nobody wants to attack her.”
She said all people want is their money back and to warn others not to do business with Michelle Thomas.
PayPal tells FOX 4 Problem Solvers that customers who paid Thomas using a secure PayPal account should get their money back once PayPal has investigated their complaints.
Independence Police would like to talk to people who are owed money by Michelle Thomas.