Wednesday, 05 21, 2014
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office
of Consumer Protection today announced that a roofing contractor accused of failing
to perform repair services for Kentucky residents, despite being paid to do so,
has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception over $500. James
Twaddle, 41, entered the plea in Grayson Circuit Court. His three-year
prison sentence was suspended for five years after Twaddle repaid approximately
$12,500 in restitution to the victims.
Twaddle was previously indicted on more than
two dozen counts of theft by deception in Bullitt, Grayson, LaRue, Jefferson,
and Scott counties. Earlier this year, Twaddle pleaded guilty to theft by
deception charges in Bullitt, LaRue, and Scott counties and was ordered to pay
restitution to the victims in those cases. The remaining cases in
Jefferson County are still pending.
Twaddle was the president of Restore-IT USA,
a roofing company located in Columbus, Ohio. Twaddle operated his
business in Kentucky from an office located on Forest Green Blvd., in
Louisville. From April 2012 until Aug. 2012, Restore-IT USA employees
would visit neighborhoods and sign storm victims up for roof repairs,
collecting payments prior to any work being completed. Twaddle allegedly
deposited the money into a company bank account and transferred the funds to
his personal account; however, the roof repairs were never performed.
Twaddle has also been indicted in Ohio on 42 counts of theft and insurance
fraud related to the same scheme in the Columbus area.
Attorney General Conway encourages consumers
needing storm repair work or cleanup services to follow these important tips:
Never pay in advance for labor. Scam artists often take
advance payments from consumers and never return to complete the work. If
an advance is needed to purchase materials, offer to purchase the materials
Use local, reputable contractors for repairs, if possible.
If local contractors bring in out-of-town workers, ask who will be responsible
for their work if it is not satisfactory.
Ask if the contractor is licensed, bonded (if required by the city
or county), and insured.
Check unknown companies out with the Better Business Bureau or
call the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection to see if information
is available about the company.
Demand a written contract. If possible, get estimates from
Be suspicious of unfamiliar, out-of-state vehicles and those who
offer repair work at unreasonably low prices. Contact local law
enforcement about your suspicions.
For additional information or to file a
consumer protection complaint, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257
or visit www.ag.ky.gov.
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