When hiring a professional for residential or commercial roof repairs, it is crucial to beware incompetency and corruption. Most home and business owners already know that they should only employ licensed roofers who don’t ask for an excessive amount of upfront cash beyond the cost of materials. However, it never hurts to hear a few reminders of what kinds of nefariousness bogus roofers are capable of. This month, a handful of crooked “roofers” got caught for their shenanigans.
Scammer Roofer Busted in Washington
Some states, including Utah, require roofers and other contractors to become licensed before working in the field, and not without good reason. According to the Kent Reporter, 37-year-old Raymond Ersie Jensen – under the alias “Complete Construction, Inc.” – allegedly cashed an $850 check a homeowner paid him upfront for a roofing job, then vamoosed, leaving the roof unfixed. This isn’t even the first time Jensen’s been accused of a scheme along these lines. The source uncovered that the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has charged Jensen for unlicensed contract work on four previous occasions.
Reputable roofers might be pleased to find out that if he’s found guilty of disgracing their industry, Jensen could spend a year in jail.
Massive Roofing Fraud Undone
Crooked “roofers” can be incredibly manipulative and greedy. NBC reports that five alleged ne’er-do-wells working for NBRC Roofing Company approached homeowners in Florida following a massive storm and conned them into thinking they needed unnecessary roof repairs. Once the culprits collected the necessary insurance information, they’d disappear without lifting a hammer. Officials say the fraud syndicate managed to bilk almost 100 Floridians out of a total of more than $500,000. Several men police accuse of taking part in this scam have been captured in both the Sunshine State and Connecticut are awaiting trial.
Department of Labor Takes Xtreme To Task
The word “extreme” is sometimes associated with dangerous athletic activities. Xtreme Restoration and Waterproofing LLC has been accused of applying that philosophy to roof repairs, much to the chagrin of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). News outlets report that Xtreme, which is based in New Haven, Connecticut, may have failed to protect employees from potential falls during the summer, while they worked on a two-story residence. The DOL told the source that while some Xtreme workers were wearing safety harnesses at the time, they weren’t attached properly and would’ve done little good if anyone slipped. The fine for violating these safety protocols can be more than $70,000.
If you’re in need of a licensed roofing company you can trust to manage residential roof repairs, commercial reroofing, or myriad other roof-related services in Utah, contact the fine folks at Knockout Roofing.