UPDATE| I-TEAM INVESTIGATION: Pool contractor arrested
Tuesday 7th August 2018
News 12 at 6 a.m.
AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – The I-Team has confirmed that pool entrepreneur Earl Chastagner has reached out to Aiken County MPs. He is charged with breach of trust – obtaining signature or property on false pretenses ($ 10,000 or more) in connection with his pooling business.
We reached out to Judge Jack last week when we learned there was an arrest warrant for Chastagner. Chastagner recently went to Judge Early twice for hearings related to a parole violation conviction several years ago related to other pool jobs. We wanted to know if these new charges affect Chastagner’s parole. His administrative assistant responded with the following words: “Judge Early states that he cannot comment on pending matters.”
We’ll keep you up to date.
Thursday, August 2, 2018 News 12 @ 6 p.m. / NBC 26 at 7 a.m. AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – Aiken County MPs confirm they have issued three arrest warrants for two pool entrepreneurs. Bruce Gilbert Alford, Junior (Gil), is being wanted for double breach / acquisition of signature or property on false pretense of $ 10,000 or more. He was the previous owner of Georgia-Lina Pools. Earl Chastagner is wanted on a count on the same charge. All three charges are crimes. Thursday, May 31, 2018 News 12 @ 6 p.m. / NBC 26 at 7 AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – He had just walked through the door when a retired intelligence agent passed by. Bill Cravens saw our I-Team investigation into Chastagner’s problem pools earlier this week. He was there to hand-deliver some documents. We’ll get to these documents in a minute. Today Ned Maner came to court to speak as a victim. Earl Chastagner owes him a fair amount of money. Chastagner has been convicted of fraud in a case involving Maner’s Pool. He was given parole and reparation but did not pay. Today he paid $ 5,000 as part of his suspended sentence. “The fact that I’m going to get a few thousand more dollars from him is fine,” said Maner. “I’d rather see him go to jail.” The same goes for Carlo Bono. We introduced you to him and his unfinished pool on Tuesday. “Personally, I would like to see him in jail,” said Bono. A retired GBI agent saw this story and turned up today. The Jefferson County man says he’s a victim too. Cravens, the retired intelligence agent who greeted him at the door this morning, sued Chastagner years ago. Today he delivered a January 2013 ruling that a Columbia County judge ordered Chastagner to pay nearly $ 10,000 for problems with his pool. He says he didn’t see the money. He admits he didn’t file a lawsuit over it. “What you do, what your news network does is the word,” said Cravens. “This has to be done. I filed my civil lawsuit because when I did my utmost to check on him, there was nothing on the Richmond County court records.” In Aiken County, Chastagner is due to raise an additional $ 5,000 by June 25. He will go to jail if he doesn’t. “That’s probably what needs to be done to that person in order to stop the cycle of what they’re doing,” Craven said. I asked Earl Chastagner about all of this before we aired our first report. He agreed to meet me, but then canceled. He did send me a couple of emails though. I tried again today when he left court. Chastagner: “I have no comments today, Meredith.” Meredith: “Nothing?” Chastagner: I’ve tried to talk to you before. You lost my trust. Okay. Meredith: You lied to me. You lied to me. They sent me pictures of happy customers, and none of those customers said they were happy. Chastagner: “You better go back and read the email.” Meredith: You said – I have a lot of happy customers. I remember the exact sentence. Chastagner: “We’re done.” Meredith: I’ll see you again in June.
This is what happened when I was trying to speak to the pool contractor at the center of an I-Team investigation as he was leaving an Aiken County courtroom.
Find out what happened to Earl Chastagner in the TONIGHT @WRDW_WAGT courtroom at 6 a.m. pic.twitter.com/tTBWLgcdX1
– MEREDITH ANDERSON (@MeredithWRDW) May 31, 2018 Chastagner sent me two emails with photos. In one he admits to admitting problems and that he was behind in his work, but wrote: “We went to our plates and did what we were supposed to do.” In the other he writes: “There are many good customers who are happy. All of this has a good side.” I haven’t found any good customers happy yet. Stay tuned.