Florida Bureau of Insurance Fraud arrested two
men in Hurricane Irma roofing scam
Article Courtesy of Channel 9 WFTV
By Jack DeMarco
March 28, 2022
NAPLES — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Jimmy Patronis is cracking down on insurance fraud in an effort to
Patronis recently announced the arrest of
Brian Webb and Brandon Jourdan of Webb Roofing &
Construction LLC for allegedly operating a homeowner
solicitation scheme for free roof replacements related to
damage allegedly caused by Hurricane Irma.
“There is no room for roofers that take advantage of Florida
homeowners. If someone commits insurance fraud in Florida,
they will be caught and they will pay the price,” Patronis
An investigation by the CFO’s Division of Investigative and
Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud revealed that
Webb and Jourdan instructed their employees to solicit
insured homeowners with a promise that they can get them a
new roof without paying the required homeowners deductible.
The scheme involved allegedly enticing
homeowners with rebates to cover their insurance deductible
if they submitted a full roof replacement claim to their
property insurance company.
Florida Bureau of Insurance Fraud arrested two men in
Hurricane Irma roofing scam.
According to a release from the CFO’s office, the
salespeople would then have the homeowner sign over their insurance
claim rights and have them sign an “advertising agreement” in exchange
for waving their deductible.
Webb Roofing would then “rebate” or
“credit” the amount of the deductible toward the cost of the
claim, which is illegal under Florida law.
“Scam roofing schemes are driving up insurance rates for
every Florida family and plaguing our state. There is no
such thing as a free roof and if someone comes to your door
offering rebates or kickbacks to file a roof claim on your
behalf, report them to my office for fraud immediately. My
fraud detectives are working every day to track down these
bad actors and hold them accountable. Always remember, if it
sounds too good to be true, it is. Never sign anything
regarding your insurance without talking to your agent or
calling my office first,” Patronis said.
Brian Webb and Brandon Jourdan were booked into Collier and
Lee County Jail on nine counts of filing false and
fraudulent insurance claims, a third-degree felony.
Both have been released on bond.
According to CFO’s office, if convicted on all charges, they
each face a maximum sentence of up to a $45,000 fine and up
to 45 years in prison.
Brian Webb and Brandon Jourdan