Alleged scammer says he plans on paying victims back

Deputies: Scammer had victims in two counties

CARTERET COUNTY - An alleged scammer charged for solar panels said he plans on paying his victims back.

NewsChannel 12 talked to one of the victims in Carteret County. The victim said they paid $10,000 for solar panel work on his home in October, but has yet to have any new solar panels installed.

"He sent me an email with the originally specified solar panels listed and then a week later he shows up with used weaker panels," the victim said.

The contractor- Stacy Bland - is accused of taking money to install and purchase solar panels but failing to do the job.

"He owes me the money back. I haven't gotten anything from him, but I also have a very strong desire to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else," the victim said.

Bland said he turned himself in as soon as he found out there were wanted posters of him.

"I turned myself in and have every intention to make this right," Bland said.

Bland said he should been involved with the people working under him on the solar panel projects.

 "They told me one thing, that it would get done a whole lot quicker than it would, and I dropped the ball on that, but I am not a crook," Bland said.

Bland said he plans on paying both his victims back in full. He said he will pay one of his victims this Friday at his next court date.

Previous: An alleged scammer was charged again, Thursday, for solar panel promises he didn't keep, according to Carteret County deputies.

Stacy Bland, 43, faces multiple Fraud charges for allegedly duping people in Beaufort and Carteret Counties out of thousands of dollars.

Deputies said Bland collected money to install solar panels for people in both counties, but never performed the jobs. The alleged incidents happened in 2013 and possibly even earlier.

Over a year ago, Bland allegedly took $12,000 from a Beaufort County resident without installing any solar panels. He was also accused of taking $10,000 from another victim in Morehead City in 2013.

At the time of the scams, Bland allegedly ran a business called "Solar World." However, that business was dissolved in 2013, according to deputies.

Bland's bond was set at $30,000.

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of the fraud is asked to call the Carteret County Sheriff's Office at (252)916-0926.

Previous: A man who allegedly obtained $10,000 by false pretenses has turned himself in to authorities.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, 43-year-old Stacy Ellis Bland turned himself in to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office Tuesday. He will be transferred to the Carteret County Jail and is scheduled to have his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

Deputies did not release any other details on the alleged crime, but did say the suspect has a history of being a scammer.

According to records, Bland was wanted in Beaufort County as well.

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