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Wake Forest woman was bilked out of more than $13,000 in renovation scam, police say

Roger Dale Simmons
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A man who faces previous charges of obtaining property by false pretense is now accused of taking thousands of dollars from a Wake Forest woman for a renovation project that he did not complete.

Roger Dale Simmons, 51, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor failing to do work after being paid for it.

Wake Forest police say Simmons took $13,500 in advance payments between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 29, 2018, to remodel a basement and attic.

Simmons has been in the Wake County Detention Center since authorities arrested him Sept. 18 in Durham on a similar charge. He has also been charged in recent weeks in two other cases involving obtaining property by false pretense.

Simmons was convicted in Wake County in 2014 of obtaining property by false pretense and was put on probation.

He was charged in November 2016 with violating his probation conditions, and he served time behind bars until late April 2017.

Simmons is currently being held in lieu of $86,000 in the four pending cases.

Ron Gallagher is a member of the News & Observer’s Breaking News team and has been writing and editing news for 45 years.


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