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Police, BBB warn of roof, paving scam

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The buyer should always beware.

That is the message sent out by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department and the Better Business Bureau.

After a local couple was scammed by a roofing and paving contractor, Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department said his investigations, along with the BBB, has resulted in five scam operations.

The common thread in all the situations was Tommy Green, 27, of Mesa, Ariz. He is the operator of a company called Fix Right Roofing and Paving with an address of Bardstown Road in Fern Creek, which turns out to be a postal box.

McGaha said a couple on Cedar Grove Road looked on the internet for repairs at their home and found the company operated by Green.

They filed a complaint on Sept. 17 that Green gave them a $1,600 bid and they wrote a check for $900. He was to return the next day to do the repairs.

When he didn’t return, the couple tried to contact Green but that was unsuccessful.

McGaha said the check had already been cashed at a bank on Bardstown Road.

During his investigation, McGaha said it was learned that three churches and a children’s home had also been hit by companies operated by Green.

In Bullitt County, McGaha has issued a warrant for the charge of theft by deception.

In Jefferson County, one check was $4,000.

McGaha said he had spoken with both Green and an attorney who knew the suspect. It was his impression that the matter would be solved.

Reanna Smith-Hamblin of the Better Business Bureau, said that Fix Right Roofing and Paving had an F rating with the agency since the one written complaint had not been addressed. There is another complaint currently in the process of being investigated.

She wasn’t sure if the owner was simply ripping off consumers or it he was using money from one job to pay for the previous job. He was registered with the city of Louisville but not with the state secretary of state.

Smith-Hamblin said a couple of red flags should hit people looking at hiring a company. Misspellings in company web pages should be a concert.

Also, if you can’t reach a business by phone is another warning signal.

Reports are that he was using either a grayish Ford F150 or a gray Nissan pickup truck.

Anyone with any reports on the man should call the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department or their local law enforcement agency.

McGaha believes there will be more charges filed.

To consumers, Smith-Hamblin warned consumers to look at the BBB website at www.bbb.org for information on companies. Also, check out any contractor as careful as possible. Get at least three bids and get everything in writing.

McGaha hoped that anyone who may have had contact with Green or the company to please call 543-2514 or 1-800-388-2222.