Two friends are out several hundred dollars after being defrauded by a West Palm Beach man claiming to be a contractor, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
The men told deputies they paid Raymond Holley, 47, of West Palm Beach, a 50 percent deposit for work, but by the time they realized he didn't have a license, it was too late.
It started on Aug. 21 when William Woody, 78, of Palm Beach Gardens, met with Holley and handed over a $400 check for awning repair work. He went on to refer Holley to his friend, John Patten, 66, of Lake Worth, who needed the same work and paid $200 and handed over $1,200 worth of aluminum frames on Sept. 2.
Holley told Woody he'd come back to start the job by Sept. 6 but once that day passed, excuses began, including being tied up with other customers and being sick, according to the report.
The delays continued as Woody told deputies Holley resceduled appointments and never showed up.
The men finally filed a complaint to the Palm Beach County Department of Planing, Zoning and Building and discovered Holley didn't have a license, according to the report.
A Sheriff's Office investigator picked up the case on Dec. 3 and found through bank subpoenas that Woody's check had been cashed by Holley the same day he got it and Patten's check and deposited the same day but under another name.
Investigators tracked down Holley's last address in West Palm Beach and arrested him on Thursday.
He faces grand theft, contracting without certification and fraud charges and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. He was released Friday on $6,000 bail.
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