BRATTLEBORO — A choose issued an arrest warrant for a Windsor contractor accused of dwelling advancement fraud soon after he did not demonstrate up for arraignment.

Robert M. Merrill Jr., 47, was scheduled to seem Tuesday afternoon in Windham Exceptional Court, Felony Division. Decide Michael Kainen granted the state’s request for an arrest warrant for not showing up in court and $200 bail.

“That seems proper,” Kainen mentioned.

In accordance to an affidavit, the Vermont State Police acquired a report about the incident from the target in May perhaps. The victim stated he signed a agreement with Merrill Painting Organization in April 2020 to paint his secondary home in Londonderry.

The sufferer told police he wrote two checks to Merrill for a overall of $2,666 and the two experienced been deposited by Merrill. Merrill made use of the nicknames “Bud” and “Buddy” when communicating with the target and retained putting off the start off dates, according to the affidavit.

“’Bud’ agreed on various events,” states the affidavit, listing Might 15, 2020, July 20, 2020, Aug. 10, 2020, Aug. 17, 2020 and Aug. 21, 2021, “to return the deposit funds back again to him but in no way showed up and subsequently stopped responding to [the victim’s] e-mails and mobile phone calls.”

When a trooper fulfilled with Merrill at his residence in Windsor in June, Merrill admitted to cashing the checks and hardly ever done the painting occupation as agreed to in the written contract, according to the affidavit. Merrill told police his business enterprise expert some problems owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and he would like to pay back the victim back as soon as he gets a paycheck from an additional portray task. That experienced not occurred as of the commencing of July and Merrill was cited for residence enhancement fraud.