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Gaston man charged with fraud

Posted June 23, 2009

— The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Gaston man on charges he scammed an elderly couple, accepting payment for home improvements he never delivered.

The couple told Det. Tyree Davis, of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, that they hired Archie Hill, 47, to work on a home in Littleton. The victims, who live in Washington, D.C., paid Hill $48,000 over time, including a $10,000 payment, Davis said.

The victims told Davis that they tried to contact Hill about the work, but he avoided them.

Northampton deputies arrested Hill Thursday and charged him with obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held in the Halifax County jail on $5,500 bond.

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  • Tax Man Jun 23, 2009

    More homeowners should do this with the bad contractors in NC - if they do not finish the work (or even start it), go to the DA and ask that Fraud charges be taken out for the criminals. Never pay for work until it is completed - if the contractor requires some money up front, get an escrow account with your bank so that the funds are accounted for and only paid as the work progresses satisfactorily. If in doubt, call the DA!