ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Roanoke business is being investigated for insurance fraud and stands accused of taking in a lot of money illegally.
WFXR News obtained court documents in the case.
The people who operate HomeFront Renovations are accused of purposefully damaging homes to collect insurance money, as well as taking people’s money to perform construction on their homes without the necessary licenses.
Co-owners and associates of HomeFront Renovations are accused of conspiracy to commit multiple felonies.
According to court documents, the HomeFront bank account had $1.25 million worth of deposited checks. There are at least six customers who had paid for roof and other types of construction but never got it.
Nobody answered when WFXR News went to the business or called the number.
Roanoke Police property crimes Sgt. Andrew Ashby says they see home improvement scams from time to time.
“A lot of times, it will involve an individual that will come to your door unsolicited, offer you some type of home improvement such as gutter cleaning or driveway sealing or paving your drive-way or roofing repair.”
Ashby says they will often try to pressure you into making a decision quickly.
“They don’t want you to check references. They don’t want you to check the Better Business Bureau. They don’t want you to ask for recommendations or to see their licenses or insurance or anything like that,” said Ashby.
According to the Better Business Bureau website, HomeFront Renovations does not have the necessary license, received an F rating, and is not accredited.
“The biggest thing you can do is slow down because that’s where they’re really going to try to get you. and to hit you with that high-pressure sales technique, get you to pay upfront in cash and then really do a shoddy job on that repair, or just take your money and not do the job at all,” Ashby said.
Ashby says if you are taken advantage of, report it at the federal trade commission or the Better Business Bureau, and report it to your local police department so they can investigate.