A roofer in Florida is going to get his day in court — as soon as he gets out of rehab. John Iacovino, owner of Ike’s Roofing, wasn’t the typical scammer who gets paid and then skips town without doing the work. He actually finished the roofs he agreed to work on, and his workmanship was very good, according to customers.
The trouble began when clients began to receive notices that a business called Sunset Roofers Supply had placed liens on their homes for unpaid balances. Iacovino’s customers were irate, and rightfully so; they had all paid their full balances to the roofer. So what was going on?
As it turns out, Iacovino has been accused of taking people’s final payments and, instead of giving the money to the supplier, pocketing it for his own use. Florida law allows a supplier to place a lien on a person’s home if they do not receive payment, even if the contractor who did the work has been paid in full.
In all, Iacovino has been accused of scamming over 70 people in this manner. Most of his alleged victims are elderly.
This case is noteworthy because of the law that allowed liens to be placed on the homes. (These liens have since been dropped, and Suncoast Roofers Supply is suing Iacovino for the unpaid balance.) However, there are some precautions to take when choosing a roofer.
- Look for a BBB-accredited business
- Search for online reviews
- Ask to see examples of their past work
- Get a written estimate before agreeing to repairs
- Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion
If you perform this due diligence, you will dramatically reduce your chances of being scammed.
For an honest, reliable, BBB-accredited roofer near Hartford, CT, call Alliance Roofing today at 860-633-7243!