Contractor facing two more fraud-related charges

Ashley Fitzpatrick
Published on August 7, 2014
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

Former customers of contractor James Robert Dwyer have been coming forward with accusations of fraud over the past nine months.

The cases are being brought together and will mean a court appearance for Dwyer on Aug. 28.

The 53-year-old was in court today in St. John’s as two charges were read aloud and added to the list he faces — now totalling 45 charges, according to court records.

His appearance was brief, as the latest file was set over. He was told it will be dealt with at the same time as the rest before he was led away.

Dwyer is in custody and has been since June 16, while the number of charges against him has grown.

Included in the total are 19 charges of fraud under $5,000.

The earliest case dates back to November 2013, with the affidavit filed on July 8 of this year following media coverage of other allegations levelled against Dwyer.

Most of the remaining charges faced by Dwyer are breaches of undertakings — requirements for behaviour set out by the court.

He is also facing charges of failing to appear for a court date and charges under the highway traffic act.