A man has been arrested for defrauding a homeowner for hurricane-related repairs that were not performed.
On January 18, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Capps Street in Sneads Ferry for a report that a man hired to do work after Hurricane Florence never completed any of the repairs. The victim gave the suspect money to purchase materials for the work. The suspect, Kenneth Lee Forbes, never delivered any materials, made no repairs on the home and did not return the money to the victim.
Forbes, 58-years-old of Hwy 70 East in Selma, was arrested February 8, 2019. Forbes was taken before the magistrate and charged with a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense. He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.
Sheriff Miller and staff want to remind citizens to use caution when hiring someone to do work for you. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Always get the proposal in writing
- Never pay more than one-third of the cost of a job up-front
- Resist any attempt to force you to make a decision on the spot
- Do NOT pay in cash
- Go local. Use a contractor or reputable company within your community. Make sure they are in compliance with local and state regulations for contractors, such as having general liability and worker’s compensation insurance
- ∙Ask for references
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000933 when calling.
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