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Contractor left $44,000 renovation unfinished, Cary police charge

Roger Dale Simmons
Roger Dale Simmons CCBI

Police said a man took more than $44,000 for remodeling work on a couple’s home more than a year ago and has never finished the job, so they arrested him Tuesday.

Roger Dale Simmons, 51, was held on $20,000 bail after police found him Tuesday evening at an Extended Stay America hotel on Tower Boulevard in Durham.

Simmons’ company is Modish Renovation, he said when he was booked into the Wake County Detention Center, but the North Carolina Secretary of State has no listing for that as a company or for Simmons as an officer of any company.

Cary police charged Simmons with obtaining property by false pretense, a felony, and failing to complete work after being paid, which is a misdemeanor. They had sworn out a warrant for his arrest in August.

Authorities in Durham County arrested Simmons on the same charges in August, and that case is pending in court.

The arrest warrant in the Cary case says that Simmons told a couple in September 2017 that he would renovate a bathroom and a screened porch and patio area. They paid him $44,315 in advance, the charges say.

“The defendant has given many excuses over the last eight months why the job is not completed and eventually stopped working,” police charged.

Police said he did some work for the couple, then stopped showing up.

When he was charged in Durham, Simmons’ address was a hotel on Appliance Court in Raleigh, records showed. Tuesday night, Simmons told booking officers lives in a townhouse on Bryant Street in Raleigh.

ABC11 reported in August that the Durham charges stemmed from a conversion project that Simmons said he would do for a woman there, turning a garage into extra living space.

The woman paid the Simmons $12,000 out of a $28,000 price, and then he never finished working there, the report said.

Simmons pleaded guilty in 2014 to obtaining property by false pretense and another charge in Wake County. He was put on probation, but that was revoked in 2016, and he served five months in jail.

Simmons had a Virginia address at that time, and Virginia authorities extradited him to face charges there.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT