More charges expected against reportedly crooked contractor

Rosie Mullaley
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A contractor accused of defrauding customers by taking money for work and not showing up to do it is expected to face more fraud-related charges.

James Robert Dwyer — Telegram file photo

James Robert Dwyer, 53, appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this morning via video link from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where he is in custody.

Defence lawyer James Goodwin told Judge Colin Flynn that he would no longer be representing Dwyer. Colin Sheppard was there filling in for Michelle Elliott, who will take over Dwyer’s case.

Crown prosecutor Mike Murray said several other charges will be laid against Dwyer.

Dwyer is due back in court Aug. 28 to deal with a raft of charges — mostly fraud under $5,000 and breaches of an undertaking.

He faces close to 50 charges in all, including one count of driving while disqualified and several charges for failing to appear in court, as well as fraud charges from around St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Some of those charges are a result of people contacting the RNC after The Telegram and other media outlets covered Dwyer’s June court appearance.

Dwyer has been in trouble in the past for similar offences.

Twitter: TelyCourt

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Portugal Cove

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