5 On Your Side

Man Indicted in Botched Remodeling Job

Posted February 12, 2008 7:10 p.m. EST

— A contractor at the center of a 5 on Your Side investigation was indicted Tuesday on theft and fraud charges.

John Shearer was hired in 2006 to remodel the Wake Forest home of Carol and George McPhaul. Shearer's company, Home Remodeling Solutions, was supposed to make their home more handicap-accessible.

Carol McPhaul is legally blind, and her husband has had a stroke and is on oxygen therapy.

The McPhauls said they paid Shearer almost $125,000, but he left them with unfinished rooms, holes in the floor and live wires dangling from the ceiling.

The state Attorney General's Office sued Shearer last July, accusing him of deceptive and unfair trade practices.

The indictments charge Shearer with stealing the McPhauls credit card, obtaining property by false pretense, filing a false police report and felony theft.