Alleged Scam May Have Multiple Victims

The number of victims in an alleged roofing scam is continuing to grow.

As Newscenter 11 reported Monday, three Meridian residents are accused of swindling a Kemper County homeowner out of thousands of dollars.

Since then, claims of wrongdoing involving the three suspects have surfaced in west Alabama and Lauderdale and Clarke counties in Mississippi.

Sandra Rigney and Byron Keith Watson, both 51, along with 53-year-old Sidney Cross, of All State's Mississippi Roofing, are charged with false pretense for allegedly operating a roofing company that took money from customers but did not complete the work.

In searching the Internet Tuesday, Newscenter 11 found several sites listing the company. One was located in Collinsville. At that area, we did find a 1-800 number. When we called the number, it was not a roofing company.

We decided to go to the address listed for the Collinsville location, and talked off-camera with the owner who says for almost six months last year, he rented the house to individuals to use to operate All State Mississippi's Roofing Company.

He said the renters caused quite a bit of damage and left owing him a large sum of money.

During our search, we found another address for the company near the Navy base. After searching for more than an hour, chief photographer, Sidney Luvene, never found the address and base officials say no one affiliated with the base ever rented anything to the company.

So, it was back to calling the five phone numbers for the company that we found. One by one, we received the same response, a recording that the number is not in service.

We also discovered a commercial that the company had posted on YouTube: "For all of your roofing needs, call the experts with over 30 years experience serving all of Mississippi and west Alabama."

In light of this case, local law enforcement reminds consumers to use caution.

"Get everything in writing," said Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. "Try to get at least two quotes. And do business with who you've done business with before or you have a family, friend or neighbor who can be a good referral for them."

If you think you were scammed by these three or their company, investigators advise that you contact your local authorities.


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