After admitting to investigators that he left his customers without finishing roofing jobs and didn’t pay suppliers — which in the end cost his customers to dig even deeper into their pockets — Paul Newkirk explained his scam this way: He had to “rob Peter to pay Paul.”
The West Palm Beach man’s victims — four of them residents of suburban Palm Beach Gardens — described him the same way: a man with a thick Texas accent who drove up in a pickup truck and wore a cowboy hat. They’d pay him thousands of dollars, often almost the whole payment for the job up front, and would be left with an incomplete house.
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