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Thursday, March 17 2022

Two men are facing charges for an alleged roofing scheme that targeted homeowners’ insurance companies across Southwest Florida following Hurricane Irma, officials said.

Brian Webb and Brandon Jourdan, 41, of Cape Coral are accused of convincing homeowners in Lee and Collier counties to submit claims to their home insurance companies with promises of a rebate that would cover their deductible,  according to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

The two operated Webb Roofing & Construction LLC, court records show.

As part of the scheme, the pair allegedly enticed homeowners to submit a full roof replacement claim to their insurance related to damage allegedly caused by Hurricane Irma.

Webb and Jourdan are accused of telling their sales team to ‘solicit insured homeowners with a promise they can get them a new roof without paying the required homeowner’s deductible,’ Patronis reported.

The sales team was reportedly told to convince homeowners to submit claims for “damaged” roofs related to Hurricane Irma for full roof replacements.

As part of the con, employees had homeowners sign over their insurance claim rights and have them sign an ‘advertising agreement’ where they agreed to have signs placed in their yard, post positive reviews, and give referrals in exchange for the rebate or a credt towards the deductible amount.

Webb and Jourdan are facing nine felony counts of false & fraudulent insurance claims. They could each face a maximum sentence of up to a $45,000 fine and up to 45 years in prison.

Webb was booked into the Collier County Jail Tuesday. Jourdan was booked into the Lee County Jail on March 12 and released on bond a day later.

A judge set Webb’s bond at $45,000.

“Scam roofing schemes are driving up insurance rates for every Florida family and plaguing our state. There is no such thing as a free roof and if someone comes to your door offering rebates or kickbacks to file a roof claim on your behalf, report them to my office for fraud immediately,” Patronis said.

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