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Roofer Gets 4 Months in Jail

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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A Washington State roofing contractor will spend four months in jail and pay $25,000 in restitution for scamming two building owners, authorities have announced.

Collin Patrick Chester, 43, the owner of Windgust Protection, pleaded guilty in December to two felony charges of first-degree theft in King County.

Quality Inn

Collin Patrick Chester will spend four months in jail after scamming two building owners out of thousands of dollars. The case involved one roofing project at the Quality Inn in Renton, WA.

Superior Court Judge Theresa B. Doyle ordered Chester into custody immediately after sentencing March 27 and filed a 10-year no-contact order with the owners and buildings, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

The roofer will serve his sentence in the King County Jail.

‘Nightmare’ Project

The charges stem from two roofing projects.

In one case, the owner of the Quality Inn in Renton agreed to pay Chester $70,000 to replace a roof.

He was paid $19,000 to start the project, according to local reports.

Chester then hired an unregistered subcontractor who proceeded to remove part of the roof and then leave it exposed because he hadn’t been paid, authorities said. As a result, the hotel suffered water damage to several hotel rooms when it rained.

The hotel owner reportedly told the police the ordeal was a “nightmare.”

No Work Completed

In another case, Chester was contracted to install a new roof on a building in Shoreline.

The contract price was $16,000.

However, despite being paid for some of the work in advance, the contractor failed to do any work on the project.

In both cases, the building owners faced additional expenses to complete the projects.

‘Justice is Important’

Chester’s previous criminal history included three cases of contracting without a license, a gross misdemeanor, according to authorities.

Elizabeth Smith

The case is an example of someone trying to take advantage of others who needed work done, said Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of the Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards Program.

“Justice for consumers is important,” said Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of the Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards Program for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

“This is sadly another example of someone trying to take advantage of people who simply wanted to get needed work accomplished.”


Tagged categories: Business matters; Commercial contractors; Contractors; Criminal acts; Ethics; Licensing; Roofing contractors

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