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BBB: America Shingle CEO arrested

The CEO of an Atlanta-based roofing company that generated nearly 300 complaints from homeowners in North and South Carolina was arrested Tuesday in Georgia, the Southern Piedmont/Charlotte Better Business Bureau said.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has charged Carlton DeWayne Dunko, 42, of Lithia, Fla., with two counts of theft by conversion. Dunko, who turned himself in to police, was released on a $64,800 bond Tuesday evening, according to the Bibb County Jail.

Homeowners in North and South Carolina have claimed an estimated at $2 million in losses stemming from doing business with American Shingle Roofing, the BBB said.

The BBB said it has forwarded the complaints to attorneys general in the two states.

According to the BBB, the company began doing business in Charlotte in late 2009. American Shingle did business in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and six other states, allegedly giving free pizza to homeowners while the company gave a free inspection of their roofs for hail damage, the BBB said.

After finding hail damage, the company would tell homeowners that it would work with their insurance companies to give them a new roof at no out-of-pocket expenses to the homeowner, the BBB said.

But the company took money from homeowners without putting roofs on their homes, the BBB said.

After American Shingle abruptly closed its locations in 10 states, it filed for bankruptcy in September, citing debts of $10 million to $50 million, the BBB said.

American Shingle is listed on the Charlotte BBB’s 2010 “Dirty Dozen” list of the businesses with the most unanswered complaints. The company has a grade of “F” through the BBB.

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