Two men working for Precision Builders, a contracting company in Pennsylvania, are accused of damaging more than 100 homes in an attempt to mimic the damage of heavy hail to collect insurance money. Marcin Porzkowski and Dominik Sadowski told their employees to inflict damage to siding and roofs of homes that were not damaged in order to process claims and collect insurance money. This fraud scheme was from 2009 until earlier this year when the scam was discovered by authorities. The two men have been charged with corrupt organizations, insurance fraud, criminal mischief, and theft by deception. Sadowski pled guilty last Tuesday to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and he was ordered to pay $14,500 in restitution. Porkowski is still at large.
Fraud expert, Linda Webb, AKA The Fraud Dog says often times bad storms blow into town and in it’s wake, hail can sometimes damage homes, vehicles and other property. This is also a haven for fraudsters who like to blow into town with these storms only to get you, the homeowner, to file fraudulent insurance claims for damages that did not occur or like in this case, the contractor’s team caused the damage themselves. These cases are closely investigated in the insurance world by very skilled investigators, so think twice if this seems like a easy way to earn some “quick cash”, says The Fraud Dog. When the contractor is inspecting your home, be sure to accompany them during this process. Always report unlicensed contractors to law enforcement. Lastly take a picture of the contractor with the business card using your cell phone. Remember fraudsters do not like to be identified.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.