More charges to come for contractor suspected of defrauding customers

Rosie Mullaley
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An accused crooked contractor is building quite a criminal court file.
James Robert Dwyer - who is already facing 41 fraud charges - is expected to have more laid against him over the next month.
The 53-year-old is accused of defrauding customers from around St. John's, Mount Pearl and Portugal Cove-St. Philip's by taking money for promised work and not showing up to do it.

Contractor James Robert Dwyer (left), shown during his first appearance in provincial court last month, has several court dates set over the next month to face charges relating to allegations he defrauded several customers. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

He appeared in provincial court in St. John's Monday morning via video link from Her Majesty's Penitentiary, where he's been in custody since June 16.

Defence lawyer James Goodwin told Judge Colin Flynn that he will 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 has several return dates for court - today, Wednesday and Aug. 2. Lawyers decided to add another, Aug. 28, at which time it's expected all the files will be moved.

Most of Dwyer's charges deal with fraud under $5,000 and breaches of an undertaking.

He's also charged with one count of driving while disqualified and several counts of failing to appear in court.


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.



Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: St. John's

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