Though I'm not involved in this purchase...
I'll share a story of personal experience from a long time ago.
Some years back, I met a guy named Nathan T. who belonged to Grand National Hawaii. He worked for (supposedly) federal law enforcement. Well spoken, friendly, overall nice guy. (I thought) I saw him numerous times at Tommy K's East Manoa Shell (at the Time, Tommy K. also had a GN)
He also did some purchasing for a local dealer and was well trusted by the owner. He handled large amounts of money for the transactions, which usually were purchases of High-End luxury cars. Knowing the dealership owner and family, I felt I could trust Nathan when he told me he knew the whereabouts of a '65 Chevelle 2 door wagon (my true dream car). The car was pro-street, SBC/Auto (he even had pics of this car sitting in a shop somewhere) The car was not complete (missing bumpers and trim) but seemed to be in good shape. The as-is price was $3500. Also at the time(92-93) I was looking for a set of 91-92 Z28 wheels for my Elcamino. He told me he could get a set for $1300 (dealer take-offs)
Needless to say, He got the money, I never recieved the car, or the wheels. Do I still harbor resentment? Damn right I do. (I had to borrow the money to make this deal happen) So everytime I made a payment, I had to think about it.
After that, I saw the owner of the dealership, he told me that Nathan T. skipped with about 5K of his money as well. (the sad part is the owner of the dealership said that had he asked, he would have given him the money)
To date, I have never seen Nathan T. again, but I have heard he is still around. Guys tell me they see him, I tell them to tell him he still owes me $4800, + interest. I dont expect it to ever come back, but I do wish to see him in a public place and confront him.
Whatever the problem is that you are having, I hope you can find your way back from your problems and face your friends again. Life is a lonely road without your friends. Good luck.