Third SWFL roofer arrested in Hurricane Irma insurance scheme

NBC-2, Olivia Hyde, April 11, 2022

A third man has been arrested in connection to a roofing scheme that targeted homeowners’ insurance companies across Southwest Florida following Hurricane Irma, officials said.

William ‘Billy’ Buckridge, 44, was arrested Tuesday at his Estero home after he was allegedly involved in the scheme that promised homeowners waived deductibles on a full roof repair submitted to their insurance companies, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Buckridge was hired as an independent contractor with Webb Roofing & Construction LLC in 2019 by owners Brian Webb and Brandon Jourdan, court records show.

During his time with the company, investigators said he participated in the scheme by soliciting customers to go with Webb Roofing in exchange for a rebate or waived deductible. This type of selling is unethical, illegal, and is considered insurance fraud, according to a criminal affidavit.

Buckridge joins Webb and Jourdan who are facing charges for the crime that targeted homeowners in Lee and Collier counties.

The 44-year-old is facing an insurance fraud charge. He was taken to the Lee County Jail.

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