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Insurance company may drop NBRC customer

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Tampa homeowner Vanessa Porter says her troubles began with a knock on the door last March at her home on  Rolling Hammock Pl in Tampa.

"She said she was from NBRC Construction," Porter said.

That's when Porter literally opened the door to what state agents with the Department of Financial Services are investigating as a widespread fraud scheme that collected insurance proceeds for storm damage without replacing damaged roofs like the one on Porter's house.

8 On Your Side has been investigating complaints about NBRC for months and has heard from dozens of homeowners who say NBRC kept the proceeds from their insurance claims without doing the work.

In some cases NBRC hired contractors and failed to pay them--essentially sticking homeowners with the bills.

Now, Porter tells 8 On Your Side her insurance company is going to drop her policy because she never had her leaky roof repaired. She says gave NBRC a $6145 insurance check for the work but never did anything except install a blue tarp.

"Hopefully I will be able to get the money back to get a real contractor to come out here and do the work for me," Porter said.

Meanwhile she's facing another crisis. Unless she replaces her roof by February, Tower Hill Insurance says it will drop her homeowners policy due to "unacceptable risk or exposure." 

"I have to have coverage on my home<' said Porter. "My main concern is that I won't have any coverage come February if I don't get this roof repaired."

8 On Your side called Tower Hill five times Friday and left messages about Porter's case. No one from the company returned those messages.

Porter says insurance woes aren't her only problem. She has to keep buckets handy because water still leaks through the ceiling and electrical fixtures in the second floor of her home. She hasn't had any contact with NBRC since October but has filed complaints with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Financial Services.

NBRC appears to have stopped doing business after filing as many as 1200 insurance claims according to Capt. Mike Byrne who runs the regional fraud investigation unit with the Department of Financial Services.

The two men who managed NBRC are Carlton Dunco and Martin Purebur. Both of them are free on bail after a theft arrest in Georgia two years ago in connection with their former roofing company called American Shingle. That company operated in 11 states before going bankrupt.

American Shingle was called a Ponzi scheme by the Arkansas Attorney General for its practice of collecting insurance claims proceeds for storm damage and failing to provide repairs. The Arkansas Attorney General won a civil fraud judgment against the company. 

Dunko and Pureber moved to the Tampa area after American Shingle folded and started NBRC with a similar business plan of filing for insurance claims for storm-related roof damage. Both men have personal bankruptcy cases pending in Tampa federal court.

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