Previous owner of Precision Restoration Company to repay 36 victims more than $268,000
LOUISVILLE, KY. (Feb. 8, 2019) – A Louisville roofing contractor turned con artist has plead guilty and is facing a 13-year sentence after an investigation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office found he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from 36 residents in Bullitt, Jefferson, Nelson and Oldham counties over a three-year period.
Scott Adam Cooper, 34, of Louisville, who previously owned Precision Restoration Company at 2305 Hurstbourne Village Drive, Suite 600 in Louisville, was charged with 36 counts of theft by deception and theft by failure to make required disposition of property.
The investigation by Beshear’s office found payments starting in April 13, 2016, through Feb. 20, 2018 to Cooper, who would agree to replace the roof at each victim’s home, but never returned to do the work or return the money.
He was ordered to pay the 36 victims more than $268,000 as part of his sentence.
Cooper is facing drug charges as a result of the investigation by Beshear’s office into his roofing scheme after Louisville Metro Police found Cooper with 13 pounds of marijuana and 13 grams of cocaine.
“Nobody should fall prey when they are trying to improve their lives by investing their hard-earned money into home improvements, but sadly there are those out there who resort to these types of schemes,” Beshear said. “Thanks to the dogged investigation by my office of consumer protection and to the successful prosecution by the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney it will be a long time before Mr. Cooper can attempt to harm anyone again.”
Cooper will be sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. on March 11.
Beshear said scams and fraud impact far too many Kentucky families, especially senior citizens, and that is why he has made preventing scams and prosecuting con artists one of the top priorities for his office.
Beshear said while many roofing contractors are legitimate, Kentuckians should take several steps before hiring a contractor.
- Be wary of a low price quote
If you receive an unusually low price quote be suspicious. Before you complete any large home improvement project consider getting multiple quotes from different contractors.
- Verify and check online reviews
Verify that the contractor or business is registered to do business in Kentucky and check business licensing requirements with your city or county government. Verify online reviews through the Better Business Bureau, and ask for ID and contact previous customer references.
- Avoid upfront payment
If a contractor asks for upfront payment for a small home improvement job this should trigger a red flag. Very large projects may require some type of upfront payment, but only after the contractor is properly screened and a guarantee contract is signed.
- Do not fall for high-pressure tactics
Do not rush to make a decision and always discuss with your family before making any agreement in writing.
Upon taking office, Beshear and his Office of Senior Protection and Mediation launched Scam Alerts, the state’s first direct text message and email alert system, which notifies Kentuckians when new and trending scams are reporting in Kentucky. Kentuckians interested in receiving Scam Alerts can text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV-311 (468-311), or visit ag.ky.gov/scams to sign up with your mobile phone number or email address.
Kentucky residents, who have a question about a business or need to report a scam should call the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257 or visit the website.