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Wayne County man accused of swindling homeowner

Posted January 27, 2010
Updated December 16, 2011

— A Wayne County man is accused of swindling a Cary homeowner out of $1,700.

Billy Wayne Perry Jr., 41, of 3025 W. Highway 70 in Goldsboro, is facing one count of obtaining property by false pretense for pretending to be a licensed contractor, according to an arrest warrant.

Perry got a $1,700 cash advance from a Cary homeowner in October but never did the contractor work, the arrest warrant reads.

Perry was being held Wednesday in the Wake County jail under a $10,000 bond. He denied any wrongdoing and said he never received full payment for the job.


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  • carolinagal78 Jan 29, 2010

    Pulled him up online on state website and he doesnt have a contractors license. Also no property listed in his name in Wayne Co. Sounds fishy to me. Business is in G/F's name and she was also charged. Hmmmmm.

  • Adelinthe Jan 28, 2010

    "He denied any wrongdoing and said he never received full payment for the job."

    Since when does a SMART homeowner pay 100% up front for a job like this?

    A SMART homeowner pays in thirds; one third when the contract is signed (with which a reputable contractor buys the supplies to do the job, one third when the work is half finished (with which a reputable contractor pays his help) and one third at the final passed inspection of job completion (which generally represents the contractor's profit).

    Praying he gets hit with that huge fine AND has to pay the lady back in full, PLUS interest for taking the money but not doing a single thing on the job.

    God bless.


  • blackdog Jan 28, 2010

    Ask your neighbors who have had similar work done, as to who they recommend. If you go through a clearing house or association, you may be paying more, but you won't have to worry as much if you don't know anyone. Contractors can be spotted all over. It is ok to stop and ask them also. Other trades know tradesmen they have worked around as well. Ask the plumber if they can recommend a carpenter, and vice versa...

  • Craftsman Direct Jan 28, 2010

    Right on Target Black Dog and Ronvo!

    A Craftsman Direct "Handyman Home Improvement" contractor will give you the contact numbers to the BBB, our Insurance Agent, Tim Foster, and resources that will direct you to almost 100 customer reviews online.

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  • blackdog Jan 28, 2010

    The best way to protect yourself from this situation, is to get references on which contractor to use. Check out previous work. Check the records in the clerk of court office. And NEVER give money to someone who walks up to your door and asks for money. A material deposit and draw schedule is common, and should be detailed. Keep 25% out, until work is completed and accepted.

  • Tax Man Jan 28, 2010

    This is the best way to deal with contractors who take the money and don't complete the task! Go to the DA and get a warrant for taking property under false pretenses, a felony - off they go to jail - and likely will get probation where you can get restitution!

  • ronbo Jan 28, 2010


    Good contractors do not ask for cash advances. Before you pay anything, see some work being done at least!

  • hralex Jan 28, 2010

    He is infamous for doing this. YEARS he's done this...finally caught up to him. He'll get out of it like everything else.