Contractor fraud News

Hundreds of Complaints Filed Against Texas Contractors After Harvey

Homeowners have filed hundreds of complaints and lawsuits against contractors in Houston and other storm-damaged cities following Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports that the complaints vary from shoddy work and long delays to allegations of fraud schemes. The Better …

Contractor Fraud Leaves Some Rebuilding Five Years After Sandy

After Superstorm Sandy flooded the first floor of his New Jersey home with 4 feet of water, Rich Bindell shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to a contractor he knew was approved by the state and had done other …

Disaster Fraud Rampant After Floods, Hurricanes

This year, extensive flooding has already affected parts of Texas and Louisiana. With more rain producing floods in the forecast for the southern part of the U.S. this spring, the likelihood of disaster fraud increases. Disaster-related fraud affects auto, homeowners …

Oklahoma Contractor Charged with Defrauding Moore Tornado Victims

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has charged a Tulsa contractor with two felony counts of embezzlement for fraudulent business practices in rebuilding homes damaged by the May 2013 tornado. The AG’s office said Wesley Gamble, Jr. and his company NEXT …

New Jersey Contractor Sentenced for Scamming Sandy Victims

A New Jersey contractor who took deposits for work that was never done at two central New Jersey homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy has been sentenced to five years in state prison. Monmouth County prosecutors say the sentence handed down …

Florida Arrests 5 on Insurance Fraud Charges

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of five NBRC Roofing Co. employees for allegedly organizing a $525,000 insurance fraud scheme. The Tampa-based company is accused of leaving 97 homeowners in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota …

Judge Orders Iowa Contractor to Repay Customers

A Polk County, Iowa, judge ordered a West Des Moines contracting company to reimburse dozens of customers more than $160,000, barred the company and its owners from future residential contracting business, and restricted their commercial contracting business, after Attorney General …

Indiana, Nebraska and South Dakota Pass Contractor Fraud Bills

The Indiana and Nebraska legislatures recently passed much needed legislation that could help protect homeowners from contractor fraud and abuse, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Additionally, the South Dakota legislature sent a similar bill to …

Contractor Charged With Wage Theft, Other Charges

A painting contractor who had a number of contracts to work on San Francisco city and school projects is facing charges that she cheated her employees out of more than $600,000 in wages. Frances Ann Doherty was charged Friday with …