Ohio AG sues contractor accused of scamming homeowners hit by 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes

A house on Maplegrove Avenue in Harrison Twp. was knocked off its foundation during the Memorial Day tornados in 2019. The condemned house still stands along with memories of the family that once lived here. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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A house on Maplegrove Avenue in Harrison Twp. was knocked off its foundation during the Memorial Day tornados in 2019. The condemned house still stands along with memories of the family that once lived here. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Another contractor is accused of scamming homeowners whose properties were damaged by the 2019 Memorial Day tornado outbreak in the Dayton region.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit March 12 against Tyler A. Puckett, 31, of Hamilton County, in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The suit alleges that Puckett, through his business StormAid Restoration LLC based in West Chester Twp. solicited homeowners after the tornadoes, promising to repair roof damage. Several homeowners reported that Puckett collected $213,569 from them but did not perform the work or only did minimal roof patching, according to a release from Yost.

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After dark on Memorial Day 2019, 16 tornadoes touched down, causing devastation to homes and businesses in communities throughout the Dayton region.

“To exploit someone trying to keep a roof over their family’s heads takes an especially cruel con man,” Yost said. “I have a special place for these people – in front of a judge.”

The lawsuit accuses Puckett of violating the Consumer Sales Practice Act by accepting money for goods or services and not delivering them.

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Yost filed a similar lawsuit in February against Robert T. Greene and his business, TK Home Improvement LLC, for soliciting homeowners, promising to repair their damaged homes and failing to do so. That lawsuit is ongoing.

Report any complaints or issues regarding potential scams at www.OhioProects.org or call 800-282-0515.

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