An Ohio roofing contractor will have charges of alleged theft dropped after agreeing to reimburse several homeowners and a local church.
As reported by WSAZ-TV in September, Jose Cabrelas and Luis Escobedo, owners of Shield Roofing and Construction, were listed in a several-count indictment alleging incidents of theft and fraud. Each faced two counts of theft from a person in a protected class and two counts of theft stemming from deceiving multiple customers and a church.
The Herald-Dispatch reports that seven people contracted with Shield Roofing for work to be done and made advance payments. They later filed complaints that the work was not completed despite submitting payments. The alleged victims are reported to be from Lawrence County.
In an update, WSAZ-TV reports Cabrelas and Escobedo have agreed to reimburse nine victims. Court documents say the company owners stole upwards of $28,000 between April and May. Approximately $38,000 in restitution will be reimbursed for the seven victims who filed charges in addition to two customers who paid Shield Roofing but never had their jobs completed, according to the office of Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.
The agreement includes both men pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft charges.