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Roofing company stole insurance money from homeowners, officials said

TAMPA — Employees at a roofing company that officials say stole insurance money from nearly 100 homeowners have been arrested, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Wednesday.

Officials said 97 homeowners in six counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco, had unfinished roof repairs and liens on their homes after the Tampa-based NBRC Roofing Company visited them after storms and convinced them their roofs needed repairs.

As part of the $525,000 insurance fraud scheme, authorities said the company helped homeowners file insurance claims for the repairs and convinced them to give NBRC the right to make the repairs and receive the claims benefits. Once NBRC was paid for the claims, employees kept the money and repairs weren't finished, officials said.

Five people were arrested on charges of organizing a scheme to defraud: Frank Martin Pureber of Apollo Beach; Carlton D Dunko, Stacy Lynn Dunko and Joel Samuel Deserio of Tampa; and Alexander Josue Gomez of Riverview.

More arrests are expected, the department said.

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