Accused classic car restoration scammer faces charges

Prosecutor accusing Josh Evans of stealing from client and writing bad checks

Josh Evans is accused of scamming classic car owners out of thousands of dollars for restoration work they say was never done. (KOIN)

CLARK CO., Wash. (KOIN) — Prosecutors are taking action against a Vancouver man accused of taking thousands of dollars from veterans who hired him to restore their classic cars.

Josh Evans and his wife Kathleen Householder advertised their services for car restoration work on Craigslist. (Craigslist)
Josh Evans and his wife Kathleen Householder advertised their services for car restoration work on Craigslist. (Craigslist)

A KOIN 6 New investigation from July 2016 found at least 8 victims had suffered a combined loss of more than $85,000 after responding to Josh Evan’s Craigslist ad for restoration body work.

Evans, who claimed to be a veteran himself, promised to help his customers by giving them a good deal. Several victims said Evans promised to pay them back thousands of dollars he owed them, but never did.

Not one customer said they saw their car restored completely.

Carl Lange said he lost more than $50,000 for work that was supposed to be done on his Chevy coupe. Now a Clark County prosecutor is accusing Evans of stealing from Lange and writing bad checks.

Evans is charged with first-degree theft and unlawful issuance of bank checks.

He is scheduled to go on trial in mid-March.