Local fencing contractor charged for forging bids on county projects

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

An Ocean Isle Beach fencing contractor has been charged with forgery and is accused of submitting fraudulent bids for county parks and recreation fencing projects.

Scott Aaron McLamb, 48, of 78 McLamb Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor common law forgery.

McLamb was charged Monday and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to a release order.

According to the arrest report, McLamb is accused of fraudulently submitting informal bids for a fencing contract for the county parks and recreation department using the name Paradise Custom Fencing.

McLamb is accused of submitting the fraudulent bids between September and October 2006.

Steve Stone, assistant county manager, said the county accepts informal bids for goods or services less than $30,000.

“For purchasing goods or services of less than $30,000, we have a procedure whereby whoever is doing the buying has to get competitive quotes on an informal basis,” Stone explained.

For these informal bids, the county requires at least three bids, and usually will accept the lowest bid, Stone said.

According to the arrest report, McLamb is accused of submitting informal bids from Paradise Custom Fencing without anyone from the fencing company’s consent.

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