JEFFERSON COUNTY - A man who owns a roofing business has been indicted on nine counts for allegedly taking payment from homeowners to fix their roofs, but never actually doing it.
Paul McMillan, 41, is the owner of Lifetime Roofing and Restoration in Evergreen. Prosecutors say between 2014 and 2015, he got into contracts with 17 homeowners for roof repayment and repair – specifically targeting people who sustained hail damage.
After he got the money from homeowners or their insurance companies, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office says he never actually came back to the do the work.
Six of his victims were over 70 years old. Prosecutors say McMillan ultimately stole around $68,738.
McMillan faces charges for:
-Six counts of theft from an at-risk victim
-One count of theft ($20,000 to $100,000)
-Two counts of theft ($5,000 to $20,000)
He was arrested on Tuesday and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
His first court date was slated for Wednesday morning.
The Jefferson County DA's Office released the following tips for consumers who want to enter a home repair contract:
1. Take your time, do not be pressured. Ask questions before entering into a large home repair project. All district attorney and law enforcement agencies have fraud units. In the Jeffco DA’s office you can call 303-271-6931 or 303-271-6980 and talk to a person about what things you should consider before entering into a big home repair project.
2. Don’t pay large amounts up front, including a check from your homeowners insurance company. Legitimate contractors have credit with suppliers and do not need all the money to start. You may pay a small amount up front, but wait until the project is finished to pay the entire amount.
3. Beware of contractors who solicit business door to door. If someone comes to your door you can request information on their business and tell them you will get back to them.
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