< Werth Solar owner Barry Pincock arrested for 5 fraud charges

Werth Solar owner Barry Pincock arrested for 5 fraud charges

Some unsatisfied solar-panel customers who went to police claiming they’d been ripped off say it’s a brighter day now that the man they accuse has been charged.

Barry Pincock, 49, of Dartmouth, N.S., appeared in court Friday on five charges of fraud — four counts over $5,000 and one under $5,000 for allegedly defrauding Kit Hood, Dave Fullerton and Dominion Diving.

The two men and the owners of Dominion Diving tell CBC News that, altogether, they handed over approximately $67,000 to Pincock’s company Werth Solar, yet received nothing.

Hood said he was “very joyful” when police told him about the arrest.

A judge released Pincock from custody on conditions today including a $5,000 recognizance, and he’s not to accept deposits for services and material. He also agreed to stay away from Hood, Fullerton and Dominion Diving.

Hood, the co-creator of Degrassi High, went to police last November on the one-year anniversary of his $19,000 down payment for solar panels he never got.

“I’ve waited a long time to see him brought to justice, so to get that call out of the blue as it was lifted my day,” Hood said.

Matthew Lohnes co-owns Dominion Diving, a commercial diving company in Dartmouth, with his brother Robin. They called police after they feared they’d been cheated out of about $12,000. He said he set aside his embarrassment to speak to CBC about being a potential victim of a fraud.

He said he feels vindicated and relieved now that charges have been laid.

“My goal was to shut him down, stop him from continuing to take people’s hard-earned money, promising something that was never going to come,” said Lohnes. “It took awhile but it worked its way out though. Very, very happy about that.”

One of Pincock’s customers, Christian Hiriart, waited at the courthouse all day to see him in handcuffs and facing a judge. Hiriart said Pincock has owed him $12,000 since 2012.

“He’s taken food off of people’s tables, not given it back,” said the Dartmouth man. “Nothing’s happened to him for years and years, and now he’s finally in court and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.”

None of the charges have been tested in court.

Read the full story over at CBC News.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Devin Jones is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Devin was raised in Toronto and is a graduate of the Ryerson University journalism program. As a former Digital Media editor at the Ryerson Review of Journalism, you can find Devin camera and coffee in hand, at his home photo studio.