Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Regulators Work with Springfield Officials to Protect Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD –Investigators from the City of Springfield, the Springfield Police Department and the Building and Zoning Department teamed up with Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to make sure that roofing firms seeking to do business in Springfield are appropriately licensed. Of the five roofers checked for licenses so far, four unlicensed roofers were found to be actively seeking roofing work in the City. As a result of the compliance detail, investigators arrested four people and charged them with Licensure Requirement 225 ILCS 335/9(1) Class A Misdemeanor.

Charged were Stephen L. Richardson (DOB 3/10/75), 800 block N. 3rd, Riverton; Eric Anderson (DOB 3/5/79), 1500 block 900th St., Mount Pulaski; Brandon L. Rathbone (DOB 3/23/83), 400 block North St., Springfield; and David L. Edwards (DOB 4/15/65) 1200 block of 500 St., Mount Pulaski. Since this is an ongoing investigation, additional arrests are possible.

All too often – especially during the construction season or after a major storm – property owners are solicited by unscrupulous roofing contractors and pressured to accept work with high prices and low quality. In response to consumer complaints and concerns raised by homeowners, city officials and IDFPR investigators conducted compliance checks in Springfield on roofing contractors. Investigators met with contractors and determined if they were properly licensed in the State of Illinois.

“When you hire a roofing contractor, you should be assured that they are reputable. That’s the reason they must be licensed by the State of Illinois,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “If you hire an unlicensed contractor, it is likely he will not be bonded and not have insurance. Should someone get hurt, the homeowner would be left in a lurch and could get unnecessarily sued

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