Two local roofing company owners, accused of scamming local homeowners out of hundreds of thousands of dollars made their first appearance in court Wednesday.
Adolph and John Carlson faced a judge side by side, the same way Attorney General Ashley Moody says they scammed Florida families out of thousands.
She said, “The company deceived 150 victims many of them seniors resulting in more than half a million losses.”
An Action News Jax investigation began uncovering issues with the Carlson Enterprises in 2017.
Bond for Adolph and John Carlson has been set at $350k each. Prosecutors say the brothers defrauded Florida families out of thousands - collecting checks for but never completing roofing work following Hurricane Irma. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/ALMab45S0J— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) February 6, 2019
Our investigative team found accusations the company took advantage of Florida homeowners dealing with damage from Hurricane Irma.
On Tuesday Action News Jax broke the news of the brothers arrest.
Reporter Kevin Clark spoke to a woman who says she fell victim to the brothers, paying for roof work the company never completed.
Jennifer May said, “There are other people, homeowners in Florida that are a lot more hurt by this than I was.”
Prosecutors have identified 43 cases where the pair collected checks but didn’t make repairs and another 15 cases where subcontractors weren’t paid for work that was done.
The losses for families totaling more than $450,000.
R.J. Larizza State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit explained, “It’s our intention to make sure they never have contractor’s license or are able to do what they’ve done again.”
Adolph Carlson agreed to surrender his license last month.
The bond for each is set at $350,000.
Larizza said the pair will eventually be moved to Volusia County.
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