Milford cops arrest 2 Florida men accused of running $500,000 fraud scheme

Photo: Contributed Photos — Milford Police
Carlton Dunko, left and Frank Pureber III


MILFORD >> Two Florida men, wanted as fugitives from justice after they were accused of insurance fraud in their home state, were arrested Wednesday by police here.

Carlton Dunko, 45, was taken into custody at CTST Construction LLC on Plains Road, and Frank Pureber III, 36, was arrested in New Haven, police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Nielsen said in a press release.

New Haven police assisted in Pureber’s arrest, Nielsen said.

Dunko and Pureber are accused of taking part in a $525,000 insurance fraud scheme. The duo was working together in Milford at CTST Construction under fake names, Marty Smith and Carl Davis, according to WFLA-TV.

The Tampa company Dunko and Pureber ran, NBRC Roofing Co., allegedly left 97 homeowners in Florida with unfinished roof repairs and liens on their homes after stealing money intended to pay subcontractors, according to the Florida chief financial officer, whose agency investigated the case.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud, the scam involved employees of the company visiting homeowners after a storm and convincing them roof repairs were necessary. They then helped the homeowners file insurance claims for the repairs.

The investigators said that, as part of the scam, the company would be given “the sole right to make the repairs” and would be the beneficiary of the insurance claims. But, investigators allege, the company would not then do the work and would keep the money for themselves.

City police went to CTST Construction, 185 Plains Road, Suite 201W, Wednesday and arrested Dunko, of Tampa, without incident, Nielsen said. According to WFLA, Dunko was holding a sales meeting at the time of his arrest.

Pureber, of Apollo Beach, was arrested earlier in New Haven. Both were taken to police headquarters and processed on fugitive-from-justice charges. They were held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

A Florida investigator who came to Connecticut to make the arrests said it seemed the two men were repeating the alleged scam here.

“On display was the same marketing material they used in Tampa Bay,” Detective Carl Reschke told the news station. “They’re doing the exact same thing. That’s what they know.”

CTST Construction’s website claims the company offers “free storm damage assessments that will clearly explain your options on how to restore the damages and where to find the financial assistance to pay for the restoration.”

It was not immediately known if police Dunko and Pureber are under investigation in Connecticut for the activities of their Milford-based company.

According to multiple media reports, Dunko and Pureber were arrested in Georgia in 2011 and are still facing several charges there for an alleged fraud while running a company called American Shingle Roofing. American Shingle Roofing filed for bankruptcy and owes creditors millions, according to reports. The company is also facing civil lawsuits.

Both men were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court in Milford, Nielsen said.

Pureber and Dunko are charged in Florida with organizing a scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony punishable by 30 years in prison, authorities there said in a press release.

“I am proud of our investigators for arresting these disgraceful criminals who took advantage of Florida families and robbed many from having a safe roof above their heads,” said Jeff Atwater, Florida CFO, in a statement. “These crooks must be held accountable for their crimes.”

Three others have been arrested in Florida: Dunko’s wife, Stacy Lynn Dunko, of Tampa; Joel Samuel Deserio of Tampa; and Alexander Josue Gomez of Riverview. Authorities said three more arrests are expected.


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