'Veterans' roof repair business has tangled legal past

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on May 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Sunday, May 19 at 11:13 PM

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There are new developments in our story from last week involving a veterans roof repair business that set up shop in West, Texas after the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

The business has a tangled legal past. Now their past has caught up with them.

American Veterans Restoration and Roofing (AVRR) was in West days before we found them and confronted the three company founders about why they failed to pay some of the vets who had worked for them.

Now we know more about what's behind their arrest for organized crime.

Ron Robey, J.D. Roberts and Brian White all used to work for Earnhardt Restoration and Roofing. They've been charged civilly for representing themselves as Earnhardt employees when they were working for themselves.

The three men have denied the charges.

They also face a criminal case involving Earnhardt. Police said they stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from them.

Jason Earnhardt, who allegedly was the victim of Robey, Roberts and White, couldn't talk about the civil case he has against them.

But court records show that last fall, a judge placed a temporary restraining order against Roby, Roberts and White from doing any construction work in Dallas, Collin and Denton counties after they worked for Earnhardt.

Nonetheless, the three men formed AVRR. Last month, they worked on roofs in a McKinney neighborhood.

Chris Farmer was one of their clients. They fixed a small part of his roof.

Now, an e-mail message indicates they want to charge him for the whole thing.

"They need to be done; they need to be done," Farmer said. "They need to find a new line of work. They need to find a new state to live in."

James Johnson, a veteran who worked for AVRR, said he is still waiting to collect more than $2,000 in unpaid wages. All he has is his T-shirt.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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