TOPEKA – (May 16, 2013) – The owner of a transient roofing company was sentenced yesterday on felony charges of theft and making false information related to business transactions in Shawnee and Osage counties, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Derrick White, 36, of Topeka, pleaded no contest last month to the charges and was ordered to pay $27,656 in restitution to six consumers. White operated as “Roof N Tops” between April and August 2012. He was found guilty of contracting with homeowners to shingle their roofs, collecting a deposit for materials and then failing to return to do the work. He was also found guilty of making false information after providing a fraudulent certificate of insurance to obtain a City of Topeka contractor license. In addition to restitution, White was sentenced to two years of probation.
The charges and convictions resulted from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, the Topeka Police Department, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Scranton Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Travis Harrod of Schmidt’s office.
Attorney General Schmidt reminds Kansans to be cautious when choosing a home repair contractor. Consumers should always seek multiple bids. Any consumers who feel they may be victims of deceptive or illegitimate business practices are encouraged to file a report with the Attorney General’s office by calling 1-800-432-2310 or visiting www.ag.ks.gov.