Man charged with not completing work

By: By William R. Toler - [email protected]

ROCKINGHAM — A man is accused of taking money from Richmond County homeowners for remodeling work and never completing the jobs.

Joel Seafus Lance Jr., 31, received $2,600 from one couple for home remodeling on April 11 and failed to provide the services, according to a May 26 warrant taken out by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Another warrant, from the Hamlet Police Department on July 21, states that Lance cashed a $389 check from a man on May 5 as payment for storm windows that were supposed to be ordered and installed.

The victim allegedly never received the windows and Lance never completed the work.

One warrant shows Lance having an address on John E. Randall Road south of Shelby in rural Cleveland County, while another gives a Hamlet address on Woodlawn Avenue.

Lance was arrested Tuesday by Hamlet police and charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and a misdemeanor count of failure to work after being paid. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

This isn’t Lance’s first brush with the law, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Lance served just over eight months behind bars following an Aug. 6, 2012 Lincoln County felony conviction of larceny of a motor vehicle and a conviction four days later in Gaston County of obtaining property by false pretenses. Included in that sentence were counts of felony larceny and misdemeanor injury to property, for which he had been given probation earlier that year.

In April 2008, lance was convicted on felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering and possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance, as well as a misdemeanor count of simple assault or affray in Gaston County. Prior to that, in 2001, he was found guilty on multiple worthless check charges.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.

By William R. Toler

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