INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana has prevailed in a case against two people who ran a fraudulent home improvement company, scamming 63 Hoosiers out of their money. About half of the customers were senior citizens.
The Indiana Attorney General’s office says a Hamilton county court last week awarded a judgment against James Twaddle, totaling nearly $1.3 million.
The AG says Twaddle and a business partner operated a business called Green Frog Restoration LLC from May 2014 to March 2015. The state says the couple offered to replace siding and roofs on homes following a storm.
Over 10 months, the company took payments of nearly $390,000 for work it never completed.
In 2017, the same court also issued a default judgment again Twaddle’s partner, Wanda VanWInkle. Green Frog Restoration has also been charged with fraud in Kentucky and Ohio.
The Indiana Attorney General’s office says the default judgment, includes approximately $390,000 in consumer restitution, $367,000. in senior consumer treble damages and $511,000 in civil penalties.
Twaddle is also banned from owning, operating or managing any home-improvement business in Indiana.