Dayton Man Sentenced To Prison In
ROOFING INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME
DAYTON – Jim Honious, 45, of Dayton was sentenced here today to 12 months in prison for his role in submitting fraudulent insurance claims for roofing repairs. Honious was a salesman for the now-defunct Williams Brothers Roofing and Siding company.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office, announced the sentenced imposed today by United States District Judge Walter H. Rice.
Honious pleaded guilty in December 2013 after being charged in a one-count bill of information with conspiring with Williams Brothers’ owner, Gregory Oldiges, to defraud insurance providers using false billing practices. As an incentive to secure more customers, Williams Brothers offered to cover their customers’ insurance deductibles, but those deductibles were fraudulently passed to their insurance providers using “dummy” invoices which had been inflated over and above the deductible amounts.
Honious would have two invoices prepared for a job, with the “real invoice” being submitted to the customer for the amount actually charged for the particular roofing job and the “dummy” invoice being submitted to the insurance company at a higher amount to cover the deductibles. In some cases, the dummy invoice was inflated by more than just the customer’s deductible (inflated by $11,000 in one instance), in an effort to “cover” the customer’s repairs that were uncovered by insurance and to otherwise secure the customer’s business.
Honious was personally responsible for submitting at least 43 fraudulent “dummy” invoices between November 2010 and December 2012, with the difference between the real invoice amounts and the “dummy” invoice amounts totaling more than $75,000.
Honious was ordered to serve three years on supervised release following his prison term and must pay restitution in excess of $75,000 to the defrauded insurance companies. He must also complete 100 hours of community service.
Oldiges also pled guilty for his role in the insurance fraud conspiracy (and for other crimes). He died in 2014 prior to his sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation of this case by HSI and IRS, and Assistant United States Attorneys Vipal Patel, Alex Sistla, and Pamela Stanek, who prosecuted the case.