Roofer Wanting Money Down Not Up Front

A roofer attempting to get money from customers with hail damage could get nailed with citations. Fact finders not only exposes what he's been doing but also his past.

A roofer who called an elderly Council Bluffs couple wanted them to pay sixty eight hundred dollars down. But Fact Finders reveals he's not been up front with them.

Mike McKnight questions the roofer, James Anthony Urso:” Are you aware you have a court case pending in Ohio?" Roofer replies: "Yes sir. Mike asks, "Are you telling people that? umm no."

James Anthony Urso will be sentenced this fall in Ohio for taking money on a roof job but not doing the work. Kay Toland, a Council Bluffs homeowner says,” That’s the guy who wants my money. The only reason I didn't is state farm we do not need to give him money before hand."

On both bids Urso gave an address for the Omaha Enterprise center which rents office spaces to small businesses.
Enterprise Center manager Mark Simonson says,” I’ve looked up our records and we have no record of him at all, of his name or of his company."

And the Council Bluffs building official says the roofer shouldn't have solicited money without a license and he's called in police to take a report from the homeowner. Steve Carmichael says, ”We’re going to try and locate where this guy is and issue him citations."

An Ohio roofer came to Iowa and asks for money down.
Steve Carmichael/building official says,” Everything smells about this."

Roofer James Anthony Urso says he didn't know he had to register before starting a project in Council Bluffs. But he still hasn't shown up at city hall. When found police will issue him two citations that carry fines of eight hundred fifty dollars each.


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