Roofer suspended after 8 On Your Side investigation
By: Mark Douglas
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Summitwood Works, a Hillsborough roofing contractor owned by Neal Scoppettuolo we’ve been investigating for months, has been suspended from the government-sanctioned PACE financing program by its lender, the Ygrene Energy Fund, for deceptive business practices.
“Bottom line is we want our future customers feeling comfortable,” said Ygrene spokesman Joaquin McPeek. “It’s concerning anytime you hear consumers are mislead, deceived or taken advantage of.”
The PACE program that Ygrene helps finance is a government-sanctioned plan that allows homeowners with bad credit or little money to afford energy-efficient home renovations. The bill then appears on their taxes as a special assessment over a number of years. The cost can easily double or triple the tax bill and possibly force some homeowners into foreclosure if they are not prepared to pay the annual cost.
The Ygrene suspension also applies to Crestlake Services, an A/C company also owned by Scoppettuolo that uses similar deceptive advertising to lure customers.
Ygrene suspended Scoppettuolo following a number of 8 On Your Side investigative reports detailing his deceptive business practices.
“They should not be doing any work under any PACE provider in the State of Florida,” said Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano.
In addition to his problem with PACE lenders, Scoppettuolo is also in debt to a shingle company for failing to pay for supplies used on 17 of his roofing projects in Collier, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
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