FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Anaccused
fly-by-night roofer who prosecutors said targeted storm victims and collected
money for roofing work he never did pled guilty to two charges of theft by
According to Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of
Consumer Protection, James Twaddle made the plea in Grayson Circuit Court.
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
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
On April 4, Twaddle pleaded guilty to one count of theft by
deception under $10,000 in Scott County Circuit Court. He also pled guilty to
felony theft charges in Bullitt County on March 18. Conway's office also said
he has pled guilty to theft by deception charges in LaRue County. In all three
cases Twaddle was ordered to pay restitution to the victims.
Twaddle also faced indictments on 26 additional counts of theft in
four more counties in Kentucky, including a number in Jefferson County, which
are pending, 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.
His three year prison sentence was suspended for five years after Twaddle
paid around $12,500 in restitution to the victims.
To avoid being a victim of similar crimes Attorney
General Conway released the following tips for residents:
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 yourself.
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 several contractors.
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 click here.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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