Customers of a Southwest Florida business whose owner faces prison time have been left wondering what his conviction means for paid projects and warranties.
Casey Crowther, the owner of Target Roofing and Sheet Metal, misused COVID-19 relief money and will be sentenced in three months. He could be sentenced to anywhere from 30 years to more than a hundred in federal prison.
Crowther told WINK News over the phone on Monday that every one of his more than 200 employees is good; they have families and their jobs are secure. He said the same thing about his customers and would-be customers: Don’t worry.
“I know he’s the owner. You know, Casey Crowther, the owner, but what’s going to happen to all the little people?” asked Jim Rider of Cape Coral.
Rider said Target Roofing did the roof on his condo. Is the warranty good if Crowther goes to prison?
“I’m concerned that, you know, if something does happen to our roofs, we’re gonna have to pay up again, and a lot of people here cannot afford it.”
WINK News called Crowther and he agreed to answer questions, but not about his criminal case. He said his customers have nothing to worry about.
“They’re in great shape, it’s a large company. That trial was for one person and that was me and not them. They’ll be in good shape and in good hands,” Crowther said.
Target Roofing will operate as usual and the company will stay in his name.
“Even if he’s in jail, he can own a company and it can operate,” said Pamella Seay, attorney and professor of justice studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“Any warranty or guarantee in the contract that’s signed by Target Roofing is still active as long as the company is,” said attorney Nicholas Basco with the Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine.
Crowther said his workers will be good, too.
“For me, the employees are the important part, as they were before and as they are now. I can’t just give up on 200 families. That’s just not fair,” he said.
Crowther said his customers should trust Target Roofing because of his employees.
If you’re a customer, the lawyers in this story said you should review your contracts and if you have any issues, get them taken care of now.
Crowther goes before a judge for sentencing at the end of June.