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.


  • NewsMore>>

  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:52:47 GMT
    Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr) Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr)
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.
  • Good Samaritan renders aid to man in Tarpon Springs crash

    Good Samaritan renders aid to man in Tarpon Springs crash

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:49:47 GMT
    The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night. The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night.
    A Good Samaritan helped save the life of a 52-year-old Holiday man Saturday night after he lost control of his vehicle and landed in a pond in Tarpon Springs.Richard Fenton was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where he is listed in serious condition.
    A Good Samaritan helped save the life of a 52-year-old Holiday man Saturday night after he lost control of his vehicle and landed in a pond in Tarpon Springs.Richard Fenton was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where he is listed in serious condition.
  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:53:24 GMT
    The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
    Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

    VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:46:32 GMT
    A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
    A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Trending: World's most haunted island up for auction

    Trending: World's most haunted island up for auction

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:17:05 GMT
    Poveglia. Image Wikimedia CommonsPoveglia. Image Wikimedia Commons
     A small "haunted" island off the coast of Italy near Venice will hit the auction block in May.
    A small "haunted" island off the coast of Italy near Venice will hit the auction block in May.
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.