Local contractor arrested for not finishing work

Posted at 12:50 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 12:53:59-05

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office has arrested local contractor Dennis N. Rawleigh Jr. for one count of Scheme to Defraud.

The arrest comes after police investigated at least two cases where Rawleigh did not complete work he received payments for, last year. 

According to police, he was doing business as Rawleigh’s Tear Down when he allegedly received over $15000.00 in payments from a Town of Gainesville woman to perform work on two houses she owns, one in the Village of Perry and one in the Town of Gainesville.  Very little work was completed on the Perry home and none on the Gainesville residence. 

The second victim, a male subject from the Town of Sheldon, reported paying Rawleigh a $3200.00 down payment to tear down a barn.  He attempted to pull the large barn down with a chain and his pickup with negative results.  No further attempt to tear the barn down was made since June, 2015.

Rawleigh was issued an appearance ticket for the above charge and is to appear in Gainesville Town Court later this month.