Lawsuit filed against "secret owners" of NBRC Construction - WFLA News Channel 8

Lawsuit filed against "secret owners" of NBRC Construction

Posted: Updated:
For some Tampa Bay area consumers NBRC's offer of a new roof they didn't have to pay for seemed too good to be true...and they were right. For some Tampa Bay area consumers NBRC's offer of a new roof they didn't have to pay for seemed too good to be true...and they were right.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The two men who run NBRC Construction are already beset by bankruptcy, civil fines, a theft arrest and an ongoing probe by fraud investigators from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Now, they have a lawsuit on their hands filed by a man who, on paper at least, used to run their company.

Eric Shane Johnson says Carlton DeWayne Dunko and Frank Martin Pureber used him to conceal their own roles managing the roofing company that conducted business in six counties surrounding Tampa Bay.

RELATED STORY 9/27/2013:
State investigates NBRC Construction's business practices

In a civil lawsuit filed in Manatee County Thursday Johnson claimed that Dunko and Pureber "are using his signature and license in an effort to cover themselves from whatever activities they are conducting."
 
State investigators have logged more than 100 complaints focusing on a business pattern in which NBRC sets up roofing jobs paid for with storm insurance claims and either fails to pay contractors and suppliers or does no work at all despite receiving the insurance proceeds. State investigators say suspect insurance claims amount to 4-5 million dollars. 

Johnson said he quit the company as a "managing member" in February before NBRC stopped its paying bills and completing jobs, but as recently as May Dunko and Pureber were still using his rubber stamp signature to sign company checks.

RELATED STORY:
Tampa Bay homeowners surprised by roof repair bills

He also alleges the men set up a related company named Resto Construction registered in Delaware that he knew nothing about. Johnson alleges they used his name as a "registered agent." The suit alleges Dunko and Pureber "have used Plaintiff's signature to set up Resto Construction in Plaintiff's name for illicit and illegal purposes."

Dunko and Pureber are both out on bond after a theft arrest two years ago in Georgia related to their former company American Shingle. Prosecutors in that state haven't decided yet whether to file formal charges. They are also both in individual bankruptcy and corporate bankruptcy related to American Shingle and face a $1.5 million civil fraud fine in Arkansas.

The criminal defense attorneys representing Dunko and Pureber said this week they are no longer affiliated with the men and the bankruptcy lawyer handling their cases in Federal court has asked to be removed.

Dunko and Pureber have refused all requests for comment and fled on foot when an investigative team from Eight On Your Side tried to ask them questions a few weeks ago.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Tampa Bay business gives hope to jobless vets

    Tampa Bay business gives hope to jobless vets

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:59:23 GMT
    High unemployment is still haunting our military veterans, far higher than the national average for the civilian population.
    High unemployment is still haunting our military veterans, far higher than the national average for the civilian population.
  • Tampa WWII veteran receives medal in hospice care

    Tampa WWII veteran receives medal in hospice care

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:51:07 GMT
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran. He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the “D” day invasion.Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer.
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran. He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the “D” day invasion.Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer.
  • FWC hosts coyote class after Lakeland cat killings

    FWC hosts coyote class after Lakeland cat killings

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:43:10 GMT
    image APimage AP
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a community forum on coyotes Wednesday in response to the recent mutilations of several pet cats in Lakeland.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a community forum on coyotes Wednesday in response to the recent mutilations of several pet cats in Lakeland.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.