Contractor Sentenced In Fraud Case Involving ABC Store

A New Hanover contractor has been sentenced to three years' probation and fined $25,000 after pleading guilty to a federal fraud charge stemming from work on an Alcoholic Beverage Control liquor store.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said 59-year-old Lee Fitzgerald Cowper was sentenced Thursday. Cowper had pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud.

The charge said Cowper was paid $100,000 to build a garage at the home of New Hanover County ABC administrator Billy Williams. But the garage cost Cowper more than $143,000.

The charge said Cowper made up the difference by overcharging for work at the ABC store in Porters Neck.

Cowper testified last month against Williams, who was convicted of one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He also has paid $43,000 in restitution.


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  • by LUKE on Sep 25, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Apparently he was non union.
  • by Beachbum3 on Sep 22, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    he should have to forfiet his contracting liscense for a period of not more than five years before he can even reapply to have his contracting liscense restore to him . an not just give him a slap on the wrist for in fact that is all they have done is to just slap his wrist an tell him not to do it again he is probably laughing all the way to the bank ha ha ha ha thank you
  • by concerned Location: Goldsboro N.C on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    They should take his License, to do contract work and take the property. Stealing is just that. you should reap what you sow..
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      by dad on Sep 22, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to concerned
      you obviously dont know what you are talking about
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        by concerned on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to dad
        well I guess I do, people have been taking advantage of other's for so long and other's just looking the other way. the rich are getting richer at other's expense, and we are tired of it.
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