Cabinet maker accused of swindling customers ordered to stand trial

Felix 'Edwin' Brown owned Bardon Cabinetry

SAN DIEGO - The owner of a Miramar cabinet company accused of taking his customers' money and not delivering on the services he promised was ordered Wednesday to stand trial.

Judge Robert Longstreth decided there was enough evidence for Felix “Eddie” Brown to stand trial on 26 of 28 felony counts against him. The counts range from grand theft to diversion of construction funds, and more than a dozen victims were named in the complaint against Brown, owner of Bardon Cabinetry.

In 2011, victims contacted 10News saying that they signed contracts with the company and paid partial costs, but the company suddenly closed in May that year, leaving customers out of thousands of dollars.

The first to testify during a preliminary hearing Wednesday was William Henning, an architect who designed his own plans and brought it to Bardon. It was while he was on vacation on the East Coast that he had heard Bardon had unexpectedly shut its doors. Bardon's main showroom on Miramar Road was shut down.

"I took a deep breath. We were 3,000 miles away and spent a lot of money and were beside ourselves. We just didn't know what to do," Henning said.

In an email to customers in 2011, Brown wrote: "We are diligently working with possible buyers … Bardon is also reaching out to contractors and cabinet companies who might be able to continue with our canceled contracts."
 

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