Yesterday morning investigators with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department along with investigators from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office raided a local roofing business in Summerville and subsequently arrested two Chattooga County residents.
Qenkor Roofing, with offices located on Highway 27 across from Marvin’s in Summerville is under investigation for insurance fraud. Officers arrested William Lee Benefield, age 29 of a Myers Avenue adress in Trion, and charged him with 92 felony counts including Forgery along with giving False Statements/Writings in matters within jurisdiction of the state. That arrest came around 10 AM yesterday morning.
AM 1180 spoke with investigator Larry Kellett with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department after the arrest of Benefield. Kellett said that the Insurance Commissioner’s office was executing search warrants on the business after an ongoing investigation over the past several weeks.
Yesterday afternoon the Chattooga County Sheriff’s office arrested another employee of Qenkor Roofing who is also Benefield’s mother, 47 year old Sandra Starkey Weaver of a James Road, Summerville address. Weaver has been charged in connection with the investigation with forgery in the first degree and giving False Statements / Writings in matters within jurisdiction of the state.
State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said yesterday – “At this time we know of 46 forged liens against homeowners, filed by the principal of Qenkor Construction Inc.,” Oxendine said. “Other cases may come to light as our investigation continues, and I urge citizens who’ve had dealings with this company to contact my office at 800-656-2298.”
According to Oxendine, sales representatives of Qenkor Construction would approach consumers about hail-damaged roofs. The company would contact insurance companies alleging to be the insureds, file claims for hail damage, and then place a lien on the actual homeowner’s property by forging the signature of a notary.