LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Wanted for taking advantage of storm victims in a number of states, an accused fly-by-night roofer is facing justice. Prosecutors said James Twaddle, 41, targeted storm victims in Ohio before moving onto Kentucky. They claim he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars for roofing work he never did.
Twaddle pled guilty to felony theft in Bullitt County March 18. His two year prison sentence suspended on the condition he repays $7,389 to his victims by June 30. Those victims may have to get in line.
The Ohio Attorney General's office said it already has a $255,218 default judgment against Twaddle that has not been paid. In November 2013, a grand jury in Union County, Ohio indicted Twaddle for theft, racketeering, money laundering and insurance fraud for cases involving 42 victims in nine counties.
Twaddle is also facing indictments on 26 additional counts of theft in four more counties in Kentucky, including a number in Jefferson County.
Twaddle was the president of Restore-IT USA, head quartered in Columbus, Ohio and run locally out of an office on Forest Green Blvd in Louisville.
The Kentucky Attorney General's Office said in the summer of 2012, Twaddle's employees would visit neighborhoods and sign residents up for roof repairs after storms 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. The roof repairs were never performed.
All this comes as the Kentucky legislature is debating a bill created to protect consumers against fly by night roofers. The proposed law would require all roofers get licensed and pull permits before doing work. It passed the house, but still has to get through the Senate.
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