ORADELL, N.J. — Among the many things that Barbara McGoey's children of Oradell may have learned from Rose Sirico in CCD was to "love your neighbor as yourself."
So when Sirico and her husband, Nick, stopped returning McGoey's calls, and suddenly stopped the contracting job she and her husband hired hem for, she was shocked.
The McGoeys and two other families in Oradell are saying that Nick and Rose Sirico of WoodArt Kitchen Design in Tenafly owe them thousands of dollars in unfinished work.
"They stole my money, that's basically what they did," McGoey told Daily Voice. "We contracted them as neighbors, having known them for years.
"We never expected something like this to happen when it's from someone you know."
Daily Voice left two separate messages on Nick and Rose Sirico's voice mailboxes on Monday evening.
The Siricos began work on McGoey's home in October, but stopped suddenly in January, McGoey said.
She was missing cabinets for months, but had the work finished by a new contractor this spring. She still is missing the $30,000 for the cabinets from the Siricos.
"They didn't come to the house, return phone calls, texts — nothing," McGoey said.
"And then I heard from our neighbor, Linda Chagachbanian."
The Chagachbanians were having the same problem. Their project also began in September, but when it came time to put in the cabinets, WoodArt Kitchen Design was nowhere to be found, Chagachbanian said.
They paid for $25,000 cabinets that were never installed.
"He told us he was moving his location because the rent was too high," she told Daily Voice. "But he moved to Westwood and never seemed to open up, he just put his stuff there and now they have an eviction notice on the door."
The Sirico's Oradell Avenue home is listed as being in pre-foreclosure on Zillow.com.
Then, Dave Dankin came forward.
He signed two separate contracts: one for the order of the cabinets, the other for the work itself.
Sirico told Dankin he needed 80 percent of the $30,000 cabinet order from him up front because he was a licensed broker and got a special promotion.
Dankin later ordered another cabinet set for $4,200, which Sirico allegedly promised would not effect his initial order, Dankin told Daily Voice.
The work began in September without a dumpster, Dankin said. That dumpster never came, and in February, Sirico stopped returning Dankin's calls.
To this day, Dankin is without cabinets and much of his kitchen. All he has is a pile of trash in his backyard.
"We questioned him multiple times," Dankin said. "We called him out and said it was a lie."
Dankin knocked on Sirico's door this past winter and Rose Sirico, formerly the WoodArt bookkeeper, answered.
"She said they fell on hard times and that I didn't understand the construction business," Dankin said. "The scam wasn't the work, it was the ordering of the cabinets — which they never did."
The McGoeys, Chagachbanians and Dankin eventually all got in touch. That's when McGoey said they realized: "We're all screwed."