Cuyahoga County

Cleveland roofing contractor charged with felony theft, three jobs never started


Cleveland -  Brian Plona put $4,000 down for a new roof for his Lakewood home back in November 2011, but never expected the job would leave him in Cuyahoga County Court two and a half years later.

Plona and two other consumers filed charges against Cleveland's J. Fasino Renovations after the company allegedly took thousands of dollars for roofing jobs that were never started.

Plona told Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Margaret Russo company owner Joseph Fasino promised to start his new roof numerous times during an 11-month period, but never delivered any supplies or started any work on the project.

"Once the summer hit, there were countless days where a rood could have been put up on a house in Lakewood," said Plona.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor John Hirschauer told NewsChannel5 Fasino took thousands from three different consumers and never showed any intent to do the work.

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(Update on this story: On June 12, Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo found Fasino guilty on three charges of theft -- two felonies and one misdemeanor. Sentencing is set for July 10, 2014.)