2 Fayetteville men arrested in home repair scam

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Submitted: Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:53am
Updated: Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:53am

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Two Fayetteville residents are accused by authorities of bilking a couple out of nearly $39,000 by promising to do renovations at their house but never finishing the work.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/NTMSss) that arrest warrants show 23-year-old Brittany Hobbs and 37-year-old Christopher Paul Beard are charged with obtaining property by false pretense, failing to work after paid and conspiracy.

Warrants say the two allegedly told the homeowner that Beard was a licensed contractor and could do plumbing, electrical and heating/air conditioning work. The warrants also said Beard performed the work, while Hobbs acted as the on-site supervisor.

The victims paid the bill of $38,813 for the work that was never completed.

Hobbs and Beard were jailed under $10,000 bail apiece. It’s not known if either person has an attorney.

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  • NCPHIF says:

    The workshop is free and open to the public.

    Title: “Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Contractor Fraud & Scams”

    Workshop Info:
    Saturday, March 23, 2013
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Northeast Regional Library
    Pine Room
    1241 Military Cutoff Road
    Wilmington, NC 28405

    Some of the tips our Executive Director, Phae Howard, gives homeowners include:
    • How to find out if the contractor is licensed and insured
    • How to manage the building permit process
    • How to pay the contractor
    • What should and should not be in the contract
    • What to do when you and the contractor are in conflict

    Scheduled speakers:
    Mayor Bill Saffo
    Detective Jennifer Rhoads, Wilmington Police Department
    Cedric Dickerson, StateFarm Agent
    John W. Fullerton, City of Wilmington Zoning Administrator
    Lamar Armstrong, Consumer Protection Attorney

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