Convicted felon under investigation again for unfinished home improvement jobs

APEX, N.C. (WTVD) — New aspects into an I-Crew Troubleshooter investigation involving a contractor turned convicted felon. The legislation is catching up with him again.

Apex Law enforcement Chief Jason Armstrong tells Troubleshooter Diane Wilson his division acquired warrants against Roger Dale Simmons for employment that concerned Apex house owners. Armstrong explained the warrants attained against Simmons are for obtaining property by fake pretense (x2), failure to entire perform (X2), and felony worthless look at.

These charges relate to a story ABC11 did in March. Four unique Apex householders hired Simmons, who owned the home enhancement organization Deck Ace.

All four homeowners signed contracts with the firm Deck Ace, which also goes by Deck Ace Handyman Providers, to change current porches into all-time rooms. A few of the owners have paid out Simmons countless numbers of pounds for function, but none of them have a finished challenge.

The fourth homeowner signed a contract with Simmons and paid him $1,200, but no perform has occurred to date. What these Apex owners say they didn’t know when they employed Simmons is his previous legal historical past.

Troubleshooter Diane Wilson is really common with Simmons due to the fact of her investigations that commenced in 2018 when homeowners in Durham and Wake counties came to Wilson after he took 1000’s of pounds for property advancement work opportunities and still left them with shoddy and unfinished operate.

Back then, people home owners experienced no plan Simmons presently served jail time in North Carolina for fraud. Plus, in Virginia he had much more than 20 judgments totaling more than $50,000 versus him. Simmons also owned a reworking business and experienced issues submitted towards him in Texas.

Right after Wilson’s investigation in 2018 and 2019, Simmons was convicted of many counts of obtaining home less than wrong pretenses and served time guiding bars. He was also purchased to spend $73,000 in restitution.

In accordance to North Carolina point out data, Simmons bought out of jail in August of 2019, and just a several months soon after, he registered his new remodeling business enterprise in Wake County.

In March, just after we confirmed you how Simmons left the Apex house owners, we listened to from 5 Cary householders who also employed Simmons. They stated after they paid out a substantial part of their contract, Simmons left them with unfinished do the job.

“He is completed a great deal of hurt to several householders,” Cary home-owner Venkat stated. Venkat paid Simmons far more than $32,000 for a sunroom and screened-in porch that is not completed.

Wilson confirmed Cary Police Division has an energetic investigation into Simmons.

In March when Troubleshooter Diane Wilson acquired in contact with Simmons about the Apex work, he explained he is done the function he was hired to do in accordance to the contract. For the three owners that Simmons did do function for, he suggests they explained to him to quit doing the job regardless of remaining ready to finish their work opportunities.

He claimed the troubles with permits include the slab footer/foundation on some of the assignments and statements the house owners had been responsible to protected the suitable inspections for that part of the position. Simmons promises he was led to believe the property owners did get the inspections when he started out his framing get the job done on the all-season rooms.

He statements when the owners acquired about his past criminal background, they “bullied him.”

“Eventually they all teamed up jointly and instructed me to depart there (sic) position internet site. I did NOT want to leave I desired to finish there (sic) challenge. I begged them to make sure you permit me finish the tasks,” Simmons claimed. Most a short while ago Simmons blamed a whole lot of the troubles on the positions, with the home owners, and stated there is significantly extra to the story.

In his most latest e mail to Wilson, Simmons wrote, “You will get my facet of the story when my legal professional decides it is time.”

The NC Licensing Board of Typical Contractors stated the team is also investigating considering that Simmons is not accredited to do perform for much more than $30,000, and a person of the Cary property owners that employed Simmons has contracts that overall more than $30,000. The Government Director of the Board explained Simmons was formerly positioned beneath an injunctive order filed in Wake County Exceptional Court docket by the NCLBGC.

Copyright © 2022 WTVD-Television. All Rights Reserved.