The charges against a roofing company in Ohio were dropped because they were only criminal – not civil.
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Charges of alleged theft have been dropped against an Ohio roofing contractor after he agreed to reimburse the church in addition to several homeowners, and has made arrangements to do so.
According to the WSAZ-TV article in September, Jose Cabrelas and Luis Escobedo, owners of Shield Roofing and Construction, were listed in an indictment for theft and fraud. They each face two counts of theft from a person in a protected class, as well as two counts stemming from their scamming multiple customers and a church.
Shield Roofing received complaints from seven people in Lawrence County, Virginia who say they paid for work not done. According to an article by The Herald-Dispatch, the victims are reporting that they submitted their payments in advance of Shield Roofing’s agreement.
Cabrelas and Escobedo have agreed to reimburse nine victims who are owed restitution. Court documents say the company owners stole upwards of $28,000 between April and May. In addition to the seven victims that filed charges with the court, two other customers paid the Shield Roofing Company but never had their jobs completed by Shield Roofing Company.
The felony theft charges were dismissed, and the two men pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.