St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies arrested 33-year-old Charles Henry Hardwick V, who goes by Chad, on April 4. Hardwick posted $5,000 bond and was released the same day.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Hardwick, owner of the company D-Fence, took $3,550 from a homeowner in November as a deposit for a fence and cashed the check the same day. The affidavit states Hardwick never came back to start the job, but contacted the homeowner on Dec. 31, saying he needed an additional $425 to buy hardware. The homeowner paid the additional money, but according to the affidavit, Hardwick still never came back to start the work. The homeowner did get her credit card company to reverse the $425 charge.