Fraudulent contractor facing new charges
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man at the center of a WSAZ investigation is facing new charges.
Robert Eugene Jones was featured in a WSAZ investigation in August 2020, accused of defrauding dozens of homeowners in the region of hundreds of thousands of dollars for incomplete contractors, plumbing and electrical work that he was not licensed to perform.
Casualties range from young families, single home owners, businesses and even the elderly.
On January 28, 2021, Jones was arrested in Putnam County on charges arising from an incident in Lincoln County where he is charged with collecting more than $ 22,000 for repairs he never made. He has since been trapped in the Western Regional Jail.
But despite being behind bars for the past few months, more victims keep coming forward and more allegations keep popping up.
Here’s a rundown of some of the new charges filed since our last report:
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County in early February, Robert Jones visited a house in South Charleston on January 15, 19, and 20, 2021, and received $ 13,000 in cash from the victim to work on electrical issues throughout the house.
Mr. Jones is not a licensed electrician and is not licensed for contracting, plumbing or electricity through the state of West Virginia.
According to officers, he did not perform any work around the house that had been agreed with the victim. He received $ 13,000 and never returned to do the job.
He is accused of obtaining money under false pretenses.
At around the same time, police in Lewis County, West Virginia were contacted on January 15 by a shop assistant who said on January 7 that Jones was coming to his Weston station. According to the victim, Jones bought a pallet of electronic goods for $ 975 by check.
The victim says Jones returned on January 8 and bought more palletized goods for $ 1,925 with another check.
The victim says he was going to deposit both checks, but the checks were returned because the account was closed.
The victim tells police that he contacted Jones several times to fix the errors, but continued to apologize about when and how he would pay for the goods.
An officer was issued a search warrant for the bank account linked to the invalid checks.
The official learned that the account had been closed in September 2020 due to fraud.
This incident led to Jones being charged twice with acquiring property through worthless checks and once with fraudulent schemes.
Between taxes and refunded check fees, the victim was defrauded a total of $ 3,094.
On the day of Jones’ arrest, and following the coverage of his arraignment by WSAZ, Putnam County police were contacted on behalf of her elderly mother.
The daughter recognized Jones after watching the WSAZ story and told police that her mother had also hired Jones for work he never finished.
In the spring of 2019, the mother had to renovate the house, and after receiving three estimates for the work, ‘A Personal Services’, a now-defunct Robert Eugene Jones company, was selected to carry out the work.
She paid him over $ 64,000 for various home repairs. She says some areas he hasn’t touched, others are so badly done that they already need to be repaired and replaced.
In this case, Jones is accused of financial exploitation of an elderly, fraudulent scheme and of obtaining money under false pretenses.
The West Virginia attorney general’s office has filed a civil suit against Jones in Putnam County, where a judge ordered the removal of the website and contact information for Jones’ activities from the Internet pending an ongoing lawsuit.
According to court documents, the last four victims to bring charges together owe more than $ 100,000.
If you believe you have been cheated by Jones or any other similar situation, contact the West Virginia Attorney General’s office here or call 1-800-368-8808.
Jones combined cash / surety bond totals $ 90,000.
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