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Fayetteville contractor charged with failing to do work

Posted October 15, 2010

— A Fayetteville contractor has been arrested on charges that he failed to do work at a house after accepting thousands of dollars in payment, police spokesman Dan Grubb said.

Christopher Paul Beard, 35, of the 4100 block of Edgedale Drive, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses and failing to do work after payment.

Grubb said that Beard, who works for CBC Construction in St. Pauls in Robeson County, was paid $4,000 in May to install vinyl siding on a house, but he never bought the siding or began work.

Arrest records show that Beard was also charged April 17 on charges of felony obtaining property by false pretenses. He was arrested twice on larceny charges in 2008, but state Department of Correction records do not show any convictions.

Beard, who was also charged with driving with a revoked license, was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center Friday under a $6,200 bond.


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  • sarahsoandso Oct 20, 2010

    I like how his facial hair doesn't do justice to his name. Heh.

  • legg712 Oct 18, 2010

    This mas is a dead beat, he has been scamming people for years. He would wire up houses the wrong way and take people's money. He sells and does drugs, in fact his whole family does drugs. His father is none other than Paul Beard who was fired from the Crown Civic Center in Fayetteville. What a loser?? Finally Chris you have got yours back you deserve this and much much more.

  • Realamerican71 Oct 15, 2010

    Before you invite a contractor to your home, do a little research first. Angies list is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to ask for references and don't be afraid to check those references. You are the employer, that contractor works for you. I have paid in advance for supplies and have never been burned. Trust, but verify.

  • bombayrunner Oct 15, 2010

    samiam1244 - seen it both ways. lot of contractors also do the job then the recipient will not pay.

  • GoGreen Oct 15, 2010

    Wow LongWayHome, you are awesome. Able to judge that book by its cover. Kind of like that TV guy in "Lie to Me". TRTH HRTZ. You go girl.

  • meBNme Oct 15, 2010

    Actually, many reputable contractors WILL ask for something up front.


    Because they've been burned before too.

    Small companies cannot afford to buy $3000 worth of materials, pay the employees and costs, only to have some sorry home owner skip on the bill.

    If someone is doing a $4000 job for you, and asks for $2000 to cover the costs of materials that he will be delivering that day, that is perfectly reasonable.

    Bigger companies that have hundreds of thousands in expense accounts, can buy that material, do the work, pay the employees, permits etc, and then chase you down for 3 months for payment..... and all it does is hurt their quarterly sales numbers.

    For the small business owner, that can mean disaster.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Oct 15, 2010

    I just wouldn't trust that chin growth.

  • samiam1244 Oct 15, 2010

    A contractor will not ask for pay until he finishes the job. i have had work done on my home, roofers, painters etc. and they have never ask for money up front. these are legit. contractors..be careful who you hire. and always check them out..

  • NotAgain Oct 15, 2010

    What is that on his chin. Everyone says dont judge a book by its cover. But I have seldom been wrong in making judgements based on appearances. But there is that 2 or 3 in a million that everyone wants to make sure gets credit.... 'oh this tatoo of bloody knives on my arm, its just nothing, why"... dont judge me earl..

  • GWALLY Oct 15, 2010

    WOW...how do people keep getting burned by these fly by night "contractors"???? People if the price is to good to be true...it's just THAT, Its TO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!!!!
    Always....and I MEAN ALWAYS get 3 or 4 bids for ANY job...throw out the high bid and the low bid...cause' it is the ones in the middle that most often are on the money!!!!