Greensboro, NC -- Ronnie Allen Griffin eluded police for several months, but is now serving time for posing as a contractor.
It all started with a 2 Wants to Know investigation from 2006 with more than 50 complaints to our Call for Action team and the Better Business Bureau about Ronnie Allen Griffin.
People told a similar tale of how he would take money upfront, and never finish or even start the work. The complainants were mad and didn't just want their money back. They wanted justice.
"I would like to see him locked up before he messes anyone else's life," said Kay Murray.
Kay and others got their wish, but it took time to catch Griffin.
It was last year when 2 Wants to Know took our findings to the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. They agreed to investigate and soon the District Attorney charged Griffin with obtaining property by false pretense.
Soon after, detectives say that is when he disappeared, and we even had reports he was doing contract jobs in Myrtle Beach, SC.
But in June, Kernersville police caught up with him. Griffin was brought to court in Guilford County and he is guilty of 7 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison but given a suspended sentence.
However, he's in jail after being found guilty of 4 counts of contempt of court. In 1992, the state barred Griffin from doing any plumbing type contract work. He violated that order. The judge gave him 4 consecutive 30 day sentences for a total of four months.
If you have a problem with a contactor, you can contact our Call for Action team Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm at 680-100 or follow the link on the investigation page.
You can read our previous stories on Ronnie Allen Griffen:
Sept 6, 2006: Check Out Your Contractor
Sept 25, 2006: 2WTK Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Local Contractor
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