A self-employed contractor is accused of defrauding a homeowner. In November 2020, a 51 year-old Clayton man said he contracted with Edward Dewayne Holloman of Benson to perform work at his residence.
Holloman, age 39, was reportedly given $1,700 in advance on the project to buy materials. Holloman promised to return around December 10, 2020 to do the work but never showed back up. The homeowner reportedly told Johnston County deputies he called and texted Holloman several times after Dec. 10, 2020 but the contractor did not respond. The homeowner notified deputies on December 15, 2020.
Following a monthlong investigation, Edward Holloman was arrested Jan. 15, 2021 and charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. He was given a $5,000 secured bond.
According to the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors (NCLBGC), in North Carolina a general contractor only has to be licensed if the contract is valued at $30,000 or higher. According to C. Frank Wiesner, NCLBGC Executive Director, regardless of the dollar amount of the project, always check references and contact previous customers to see how they were treated.
The NCLBGC also has ten tips they recommend homeowners follow when doing remodeling work. Wiesner says consumers can also contact the licensing board and ask to speak with a licensing specialist with any questions they might about contractors. You can also search their website for information on revocations and suspensions.