Roofers help woman scammed by conman - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Roofers help woman scammed by conman

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
  • Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
  • Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
PHOENIX -

An 88-year-old valley woman who needed a contractor did her due diligence and still got ripped off.

This homeowner did her homework and checked the roofer out. Later, he conned her out of a thousand dollars, then conned her insurance company out of $8,000 more.

But this story has a happy ending. Her roof is almost finished, and it's been a long time coming.

"Started leaking probably 6 months after he got through," says Mary Hartnett.

Mary Hartnett couldn't believe she had been duped more than 18 months ago. When her roof first started leaking, she called roofers for help.

"I checked on him and they said yes he had a license and gave me his license number. There were no complaints against him," she says.

Mary did her homework, but later discovered the man she hired did a shoddy job because he wasn't a roofer at all.

In fact, the conman stole the identity of another man who has the same name and then passed himself off as the legitimate roofer.

"Someone misrepresented that they were a licensed contractor. They performed substandard work," says Duane Yourko, of AZ Roofing Contractors Association. "There was nothing that met code, we had to tear it all up and start anew."

The roof cost Mary a $1,000 deductible. She says the insurance company footed a $9,000 bill. She doesn't think she'll get any money back.

But now, she is grateful for the five companies like Inca Roofing who are helping her for absolutely free.

"One tore it off, one removes the product, one provided new material, another one is installing it. Everyone kind of chipped in when they heard of her plight," says Yourko.

"It's great, wonderful, they're just doing a fantastic job," says Mary.

Maricopa County is investigating the case.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices