Authorities in Indiana recently cracked down on contractors involved in neglectful and fraudulent roofing practices.
The Goshen News reports that Rogelio Alonzo and Aaron Anglemyer, who operate Michiana Exteriors, are charged with a misdemeanor count of home improvement fraud. The charges stem from an investigation that began in September 2019 when a homeowner filed a report with the Elkhart Police. The claimant alleged the business hadn't completed roofing work on their home that they contracted in June 2019.
Detectives had to track down Alonzo and Anglemyer since the business had left its office space in October 2018. The claimant said Alonzo kept delaying the work, and when questioned by detectives, Anglemyer claimed there were insurance issues while the project was taking place. Detectives also learned Anglemyer is a defendant in another case alleging unfinished roofing work for another home in Goshen.
Both men were charged and will appear for initial hearings on June 19.
The Goshen News also covered a case where a judge awarded a couple more than $255,000 in damages on May 1 after the contractor they filed a suit against never responded to the lawsuit.
The story reports that Adam Greer of Valparaiso and his two Illinois-based companies, Exact Loss Consulting Inc. and Storm Solution Pros Inc., committed a series of crimes that included fraud, home improvement fraud and breach of contract. The couple filing the suit, Travis and Trisha Stewart, were among those affected by a hailstorm that occurred June 1, 2019. They decided to sign contracts with Exact Loss Consulting following a door-to-door interaction with its representatives.
Exact Loss' contracts had homeowners signing insurance checks to Exact Loss, which would collect one-third of the net settlement as a fee. Exact Loss agreed to waive the fee if the customer agreed to hire its sister company, Storm Solution, to handle the repair work. However, the lawsuit alleged that Storm Solution couldn't perform all of the work due to the number of contracts signed, and expected to wear out a customer's patience with delays. In doing so, the customer would seek a new contractor and still pay Exact Loss' fees.
The lawsuit claimed out of the 600 contracts signed with Exact Loss, no more than 40 were repaired.
The Stewarts signed over $81,054, but no repairs took place for nine months. They filed the lawsuit in March, and when Exact Loss took no action on the lawsuit, the Stewarts asked for a default judgment in the case. A hearing is set for June 16.