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Accused fly-by-night roofer pleads guilty, again

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – An accused fly-by-night roofer who prosecutors said targeted storm victims and collected money for roofing work he never did pled guilty.

According to Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection, James Twaddle pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception under $10,000 in Scott County Circuit Court Friday.

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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. 

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However, Friday was not his first court appearance. On March 18, Twaddle pled guilty to felony theft in Bullitt County.

Twaddle also faced indictments on 26 additional counts of theft in four more counties in Kentucky, including a number in Jefferson County and 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 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. His sentence was also delayed in Scott County Friday on the condition Twaddle pay full restitution in the amount of $3,700 to that victim.

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