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More charges for contractor under fire

Posted May 9, 2011

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— A Cary-based contractor accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars for work homeowners say he didn't do, faces more criminal charges.

This involves a building contractor named Ryan Wells. 5 On Your Side first reported on Wells in March.

Wells lived in Apex, but operated Cary-based Home Restoration Assistance.

On Monday, he had a first court appearance on fraud charges.

According to arrest warrants issued April 29 and May 6, Wells faces charges in six cases involving homeowners who say he took money and did little or no work.

Last month he was arrested on charges he wrote bad checks.

5 On Your Side is aware of at least 25 customers who, combined, say Wells owes them more than $300,000.

He's scheduled to be back in court in June.

Court records also indicate that Wells and his wife filed bankruptcy last month.

According to those records, Ryan Wells now lives in Virginia.


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  • solarflare40 May 11, 2011

    He should apply for the Cary Police Department.

  • sap0953 May 10, 2011

    I was taken big time by a contractor and he is nowhere to be found. I found out he is not licensed and my renovations were around $70K.

  • blahblahblah May 10, 2011

    I'd be willing to be that he is already in the process of starting up a new business in Virginia. I'm in the construction industry and see it happen everyday. A business goes bust for whatever reason and a few weeks later a new opens up with the same owners, just different company name. Shouldn't be allowed.

  • HDBiker May 10, 2011

    You know, I have no problem with "If you do the crime, you do the time" But this case makes me think society might be better served if this person is required to work and gives up 50% of his earnings to pay back the people, with interest, he stole from. Put an ankle bracelet on him and save the prison system from supporting him. It would probably do a better job at rehabilitating him than prison as well.

  • Bartmeister May 10, 2011

    Oh, and don't assume he's licensed or be surprised if he's not. State law doesn't require a contractor to have a license for work under $30K per project. Look at him..... how young he appears to be. Probably worked for a few local companies for a few years, figured he could go out on his own and make more money. Probably has the gift to gab and sell, knows about as much about the construction business as a 5 year experienced helper. It happens every day. This area is so saturated with labor and a lack of work for them that if you were to advertise for work to be bid on, you'd be flooded with some good and some fly by night contractors. In the mid to late 90's you would typically see 3 to 5 contractors on bid lists, today you see 15 to 20. The labor pool has been diluted by inexperienced workers wanting more and not willing to work thru the ranks with proper training. Sorry, getting off the soapbox now. CHECK REFERENCES PEOPLE, get them B4 they get you..................

  • Tax Man May 10, 2011

    Simple - set his bail equal to the amount he stole from clients. Then require him to repay all of his clients as part of his sentence. If his wife was part of the business she needs to go to jail and be part of the settlement as well. You cannot discharge fraud by the bankruptcy so he still owes all these people and has to deal with the crimes he committed.

  • pat7 May 10, 2011

    Lock Him up before he runs, Or put a ankle Charm so you can track him..

  • Scubagirl May 10, 2011

    Yep, VA needs to know about this swindler so their citizens don't also get taken.

  • IzzMad2016 May 9, 2011

    The local tv station in VA needs to run a story on the new guy in town

  • Hey yuall May 9, 2011

    Wonder who his lawyer is!