A Surfside Beach man is accused of swindling two homeowners out of down payments for construction work that the homeowners say was never started.
Officers with the Horry County Police Department took two reports from two different homeowners complaining about the same man on Nov. 14 and Nov. 17. Both complainants accused 42-year-old Tony Eugene Davis of accepting large sums of money in the pretense that he and his company, Myrtle Beach Homes and Commercial Real Estate LLC, would be doing home construction, but the work was never started, according to Lt. Raul Denis of HCPD.
Between July 23 and Nov. 13, police say Davis accepted $8,500 and $4,400 from two separate homeowners and then terminated all contact with the clients and made himself hard to find, Denis said in a release Wednesday.
The first homeowner told police he later drove by Davis’ alleged office in North Myrtle Beach and found the storefront vacant. The complainant said that he then went to the Horry County Government office to see if Davis was licensed, but his name wasn’t listed in the county’s register.
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Police filed warrants charging Davis with two counts of breach of trust, but Davis’ whereabouts remain a mystery.
Police are asking anyone with information on Davis’ whereabouts to contact local law enforcement immediately.
“Also, we want to remind the public to deal only with licensed, registered, and insured contractors and ask for references,” Denis said. “Contact your local Business License Office to check on a contractor.”
Denis said that all South Carolina licenses issued by a state board can be researched on-line at: https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/LookupMain.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1