Two Suspects in Florida Roofing Scam Arrested in Connecticut

scammersPolice in Milford, Connecticut arrested two men on Wednesday, October 1 charged with running a roofing scam in Florida. Carlton Duncan, 45, of Tampa and Frank Pureber III, 36, of Apollo Beach reportedly stole more than half a million dollars in insurance claims from homeowners after promising to fix roof damage.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Service’s Division of Insurance Fraud, Duncan and Pureber visited as many as 100 homeowners in the Tampa area after storms struck the region. Assisted by five employees of their business, NBRC Roofing Company, the men convinced their victims that they needed roof repairs and helped them file insurance claims. The paperwork they filed gave NBRC the sole right to make the repairs and assign the benefits for the insurance claim. The defendants then stole money meant for subcontractors, leaving the roofs damaged and the homeowners with liens on their homes. In total, the insurance fraud netted $525,000 in claim benefits.

The alleged actions of the NRBC Roofing Company have been roundly condemned by others in the industry.

“Because of unfortunate occurrences like this, we believe it is to the benefit of the homeowner to do business with companies that are local and established,” says Dan Dolbeau, Manager of Marketing and Sales at Performance Exteriors.

Duncan was taken into custody at the office of CTST Construction in Milford, while Pureber was apprehended by police in New Haven. Both men were brought to the Milford Police Department on outstanding warrants from Florida, charging them with first-degree fraud greater than $50,000. They are also being charged as fugitives from justice. As a result, both were assigned bonds of $500,000 before their court appearances Thursday, October 2. Duncan and Pureber could face up to 30 years in prison if they are found guilty, the standard length for a felony fraud offense.

Florida officials have stated that they have also apprehended the five employees associated with the fraud: Stacy Lynnn Dunko and Joel Samuel Deserio of Tampa, Alexander Josue Gomez of Riverview, Florida, as well as three other people have reportedly been arrested in connection with the case.

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