New complaints filed against fraudulent contractor

Robert Jones appears in court Thursday, June 10 and is found in contempt of court by a Putnam...
Robert Jones appears in court Thursday, June 10 and is found in contempt of court by a Putnam County judge.(wsaz)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:03 PM EDT
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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man at the center of a WSAZ investigation found himself back in court Thursday in Putnam County, facing contempt of court charges for violating court orders and not complying with requests.

Robert Eugene Jones faces charges in many counties across the state, including Kanawha, Lincoln, Lewis, Putnam and Jackson, ranging from obtaining money under false pretenses, fraudulent schemes, obtaining property by worthless check, and financial exploitation of an elderly person

Last month we reported on some of the new charges that have been tacked on while Jones has been incarcerated.

According to court documents filed by the Attorney General’s Office, the state has learned of 10 new complaints from victims since Jones arrest on Jan. 27.

Those victims are owed a combined $106,000.

Seven of those complaints stem from interactions after the court ordered an injunction on Sept. 15, 2020, preventing Jones from performing any contracting, plumbing or electrical work in the state while legal proceedings were underway.

His attorney Shawn Bayliss asked to be withdrawn as counsel for Jones, due to communication problems.

Jones’ next court appearance will be at 3 p.m. July 9 in front of Judge Stowers in Putnam County.

You can file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office here.

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