Backyard pools are supposed to be a place to kick back and cool off in Virginia’s sultry summer heat, but for at least one family, a remodel of their pool turned into a nightmare with the contractor criminally charged.
Cameron Frazier Bowman, 57 of Hampton, was charged with failing to perform construction after receiving payment, according to an arrest warrant filed in York-Poquoson General District Court.
On Nov. 7, Bowman was served an arrest warrant on the charge by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, according to court filings.
Nearly two years before, in December 2016, Bowman signed a contract with a York County resident to remodel their pool, court documents said.
Three months later, the victim gave Bowman $2,000 up front for an unforeseen part the pool would need, according to court filings.
In April 2017, Bowman promised to have the pool remodeled by the middle of May, court documents said, but the construction project took a turn when concrete was poured incorrectly.
Bowman told the victim he needed $3,100 for the concrete and the worker on the site, despite the fact the concrete work was done poorly, according to court filings.
Days later, the victim paid Bowman the balance Bowman said he owed: $586, court documents said. The following month the victim called Bowman for an update on the project before firing him.
The victims sent a demand letter to Bowman demanding a refund to the tune of $12,516, but the certified letter was never picked up and Bowman didn’t respond to their attempts to contact him, according to court filings.
A similar charge filed in 2013 against Bowman in Hampton Circuit Court was dismissed but online court records show he was ordered to pay $2,100 of restitution. In 2016, the case was litigated again and Bowman was given a five year suspended jail sentence and seven years of supervised probation, according to online court records.
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