Roofing Company Employee Arrested For Defrauding Hurricane Matthew Victim

A former employee at a roofing company has been arrested after he allegedly defrauded a customer who needed a new roof following Hurricane Matthew.

The victim said her Johnston County home sustained roof damage during the October 2016 hurricane and her insurance company agreed to pay $6,132 for new shingles and repairs.

The victim said an employee for an out-of-county roofing company, Bruce Howard Saffro, 54, of Garner, agreed to do the work for that amount and she gave him a check in advance for the job. Months passed and the work was never completed.

Finally, in April 2018 the victim turned to local authorities for help.  Upon further investigation it was learned that Saffro never turned in the check to his company, instead he had the check cashed at a bank after it was issued.

Saffro was fired from that company in 2017.

Saffro was arrested Wednesday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was released on a $2,500 bond.  The victim has still not been able to get her money back.

Saffro’s arrest report indicates he is now working for a different roofing company.