A Johnston County building contractor and his mother are both facing charges after they allegedly forged a county document.
Jonathan Reece Cox, 31, of Clayton was hired to build two houses on Dogwood Lane in Pine Level. Last month, the investor contacted the Johnston County Building Inspections Department wanting to know why electricity to the two homes had not been turned on after Cox allegedly presented two Certificates of Occupancy to the homes reportedly from the Johnston County Inspections Department indicating a final inspection had been performed and had passed.
The inspections department said the final inspection on the homes had not been completed and the Certificate of Occupancy had been forged using the name of an inspector in the county office.
Cox and his mother, Geneva Westbrook Cox, 61, both of Clayton were arrested last Thursday on the criminal charges. Jonathan Cox was charged with two counts of common law uttering. Geneva Cox was charged with two counts common law forgery. Both were released on $5,000 unsecured bonds.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and filed the charges. Authorities still haven’t determined a motive but speculate the builder needed to satisfy the investors time line to finish the homes and presented them with a fake certificate of occupancy in order to buy more time to complete construction.
Frank Wiesner, Executive Director of the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors confirmed Jonathan Cox has a valid building license which was renewed by the state agency in January 2017. Licensees are required to report any criminal charges upon the next renewal of their license. Upon review of that information, the licensing board could take action, Wiesner said.