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Homeowners lose thousands in roofing scam, but others come to their rescue

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Nearly one dozen homeowners and several businesses are taken for tens of thousands of dollars in a roofing scam.

Now other contractors are coming to the rescue of the victims to prove that there's more good out there than bad.

Brenda Jones of Boardman is just one of the victims of the Ohio Restoration Group.

"Well foolish me. I signed the check over being the trusting person I am. They were supposed to be out within 10 days to drop off the material. And he said within 10 days after that they would be out to do the roof," Jones said.

The 65-year-old Boardman woman was taken for $5,000 by the Youngstown company now evicted from their Meridian Road office.

They contracted to fix her roof that was leaking and damaged by hail. But after months of seeing no work done, Jones contacted authorities.

"I filed a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Boardman Police Department, and the Better Business Bureau just to let other people know not to do business with them," Jones tells 21 News.

The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department, Austintown Police and five other communities got to work filing charges against the owners of the Ohio Restoration Group, Camri Druzin and her fiance Ancil Wilson.

Wilson is on the run according to the Sheriff and Druzin turned herself in to answer to charges of grand theft and passing bad checks.

But this story has a silver lining because Brenda Jones says she put up a GO FUND ME page and several other roofing contractors immediately reached out to help her. Now Storm Service Solutions will provide the labor, and ABC Supply will provide the materials for free to repair her roof.

Jones couldn't be happier, "Oh it's a blessing. God Bless 'em. There are good people out there and I didn't have to look real hard because they stepped up. They saw that Ohio Restoration had basically given the contractors a black eye in what they did and they wanted to help people, but they also wanted to let people know that there are more good contractors out there than there are bad."

And other contractors are also willing to help. Mike Stanec, the owner of M&C Construction says his father's neighbor was also a victim of the same company and they have already worked to help her out. Now they're hoping they can assist others get their roofs repaired before winter.

"We just want to make an offer out to anybody that's been taken advantage of by Ohio Restoration Group to come to us and we will do your roof at cost. We actually spoke with ABC Supply and Banner Supply out of Youngstown -- both supply material. They're both willing to work with us and reduce the cost of material and also donate some of the material, just so we can help some of the people who have had this loss," Stanec said.

The owner of All City Roofing in Youngstown, Dustin Reimond is also offering his services to anyone who was victimized in the scam, "It's just a shame to see people have this happen to them, and I really just want to help in anyway that I can really."

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene says anytime you're getting work done on your home it's a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the company is reputable. It doesn't hurt to ask for references, and talk to other people that have had work done by the company.

Other roofing contractors advise that you never sign over your insurance check for work that has not been performed. Instead, it's a good practice to write the contractor a check for the material when they drop it off, and when the work is done then write the check for the labor. If you agree to different terms for examply paying 10% up front have it spelled out in a contract.

If you would like to contact M&C Construction you can call: Steve Stanec, the Vice President of Sales at (330) 518-4881.

You can contact Dustin Reimond at All City Roofing at: (330) 675-9086.

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