Contractor charged with defrauding customers

Fifty-three-year-old facing more than a dozen charges

Published on June 27, 2014
James Robert Dwyer is escorted out of Courtroom No. 7 in provincial court in St. John’s Friday after he made a brief appearance before a judge.
— Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

By Rosie Mullaley and Josh Pennell
The Telegram
A St. John’s contractor suspected of swindling money from customers by promising to do work and not showing up to do it was in provincial court in St. John’s this afternoon.

James Robert Dwyer was arrested June 16 after several complaints from people whom Dwyer was reportedly supposed to have done work for.

His lawyer, James Goodwin, told Judge Pamela Goulding it’s expected his client will plead guilty to some charges.

Goodwin and Crown prosecutor Ginger Holmes agreed to postpone the case to July 10.

Dwyer was taken back to jail until then.

As he was being led back to the holding cells, one reporter asked Dwyer if he had anything to say.

“Yeah,” he replied. “F--- off!”

Dwyer faces seven counts of breaching court orders, four counts of fraud under $5,000, two counts of failing to show up for court and a single count of driving while disqualified.

The 53-year-old is also facing charges under the Highway Traffic Act of driving with no insurance and driving with a suspended licence.

Earlier in the day, police spoke to  reporters about Dwyer at RNC headquarters.

Dwyer has been in trouble with the law several times in the past for similar incidents.

RNC Const. Steven Curnew warned the public about falling for would-be fraudsters as they start looking for people to do summer renovations.

“Beware of offers that are too good to be true. Often times they are,” he said. “We certainly do not recommend giving any type of deposit or payment up front.”

Curnew also advised people to be wary of unsolicited calls or visits from people looking to do such work. He also said people should research a company or individual before hiring them.

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