Monday, September 05, 2016

Cape Contractor Accused Of Fleeing Bay State Bagged In Arkansas After Allegedly Fleecing Hundred$ Of Thousand$ From Homeowners, Subcontractors For Uncompleted Or Unperformed Home Improvement Work

In Orleans, Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Times reports:
  • Nicholas Willoughby, the contractor who allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Cape customers and subcontractors and then fled the state, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail [].

    Willoughby was arrested in Alma, Arkansas, on July 7 and brought back for arraignment on seven open cases in Orleans District Court. He pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny over $250 and larceny by a single scheme. He faces at least one more case [] in Barnstable District Court, according to Marion Broidrick, the Orleans court's clerk magistrate.
    In one case dated July 12, a homeowner from Brewster told police he signed a contract with Willoughby to do a $421,000 job. About $300,000 worth of work was completed and then Willoughby stopped showing up and was eventually fired, according to court records.

    A woman from Chatham said he took $90,000 from her in May to put an addition on her house. He dug a hole in her yard and never returned, according to court documents.

    A man from Harwich gave him a check for $37,000 to add a garage to his property. Willoughby never did the work, records show.
    Records from the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation show that in 2008 Willoughby was found by an arbitrator to have unjustifiably abandoned a job and failed to pay for materials with sufficient funds, according to Jacqueline Horigan, public outreach writer and researcher.

    Another complaint was filed in 2015 with that office, and in that case a homeowner was awarded $10,000 from the Home Improvement Contractor Guaranty Fund. This is compensation awarded to people victimized by registered contractors found to have violated the state Home Improvement Contractor Law, Horigan said.

    When he failed to repay the guaranty fund, his Home Improvement Contractor registration was revoked in 2015, she added. His other license, as a construction supervisor, expired in February, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
For the story, see Sandwich contractor held on $50K cash bail in larceny cases (Nicholas Willoughby allegedly stole from clients, subcontractors before fleeing Cape).

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