Business owner convicted in roofing scam, $61,000 restitution ordered

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 48-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man has been convicted of stealing more than $60,000 from Kentucky residents in a roofing scam.

According to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, James M. Twaddle, while doing business as Restore-It USA, entered into roof replacement contracts with 16 Jefferson County victims during a four-month period in 2012.

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After receiving funds from the victims, neither Twaddle nor his company performed the promised work and, instead, Twaddle diverted the money to his own use, the AG’s office said.

The Ohio business owner admitted to the charges and, earlier this month, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft by deception over $500.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willet sentenced Twaddle to five years on probation, to run concurrently, for each of the 11 counts. Judge Willet also ordered him to pay $61,298.98 in restitution.

“Scammers who take advantage of trusting consumers will be held accountable by our office,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron. “I am thankful to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine for the work of his team in prosecuting this case and to our investigators within the Office of Consumer Protection for their thorough work to investigate this matter on behalf of Kentuckians.”

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffrey Cooke prosecuted the case and investigator Michael Smithers of the Consumer Protection division investigated the case.

Kentuckians can report suspected scams to the Attorney Generals Consumer Protection Hotline by calling 888-432-9257 or by filing an online complaint at ag.ky.gov/scams.