Prosecutors say company damaged roofs in hail scam

September 19, 2008 8:40:46 AM PDT
Marion County prosecutors say a company that offered to inspect roofs for hail damage after a 2006 storm tried to scam insurance companies by having employees damage roofs. Prosecutors say CPM Construction offered free hail-damage inspections to potential customers following a massive hailstorm in Indianapolis in 2006.

Court records show that company employees would then cause damage to shingles and siding -- bending them, scraping them with coins or hitting them with golf balls in socks. The company then allegedly tried to arrange insurance claims to pay for repairs.

Lawyers for CPM Construction say the company denies the charges, and that president and chief executive officer Joseph M. Radcliff intends to vigorously defend the charges.