Milford, Connecticut, police have arrested two people in connection with a roofing scam in Florida. The two men are accused of working with others to steal more than half-a-million dollars in insurance claims after storms hit, but never repairing the victims’ roofs.
Officials in Florida said they have filed charges against five employees of Tampa-based NBRC Roofing Company, who are accused of organizing a $525,000 insurance fraud scheme that victimized almost 100 Florida homeowners.
The Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud in Florida started investigating the case and discovered that the suspects visited homeowners after a storm, convinced them they needed roof repairs and helped them file insurance claims for repairs, convincing them to give NBRC the sole right to make the repairs and the assignment of benefits for the insurance claim, officials said.
But the employees stole money meant for subcontractors, never fixed the roofs and left homeowners with liens on their homes, according to Florida officials.
Police took Carlton Duncan, 45, of Tampa, into custody at the office of CTST Construction in Milford on Wednesday, according to Milford police and New Haven police helped take Frank Pureber III, 36, of Apollo Beach, Florida into custody in New Haven.
Dunko and Pureber were both brought to the Milford Police Department for the outstanding arrest warrants from the Florida Department of Financial Services and charged with fugitive from justice and each held on a $500,000 bond.
They are both expected to be arraigned today at Milford Superior Court.
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Florida officials said Stacy Lynn Dunko, of Tampa, Joel Samuel Deserio, of Tampa, and Alexander Josue Gomez, of Riverview, Florida were also arrested.