Elgin roofing company indicted for fraud
After trying to allegedly elude authorities for nearly two weeks Robert Durchslag, 56, of Aurora, president of Singles Roofing Company Inc., in Elgin, Illinois, was located by FBI agents in a Michigan Avenue hotel last Wednesday and was arrested without incident.
Durchslag was indicted with three counts of wire fraud that was returned by a federal grand jury on August 16, for allegedly cheating a roofing manufacturer of more than $1.8 million worth of materials and supplies that he purchased on credit and never paid. He is now scheduled to face a detention hearing tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in U.S. District Court.
According to the indictment, between June and November 2009, Durchslag defrauded Building Materials Corporation of America, doing business as GAF-ELK, a New Jersey roofing manufacturer that had an Illinois office in suburban Woodridge. Durchslag obtained and attempted to obtain materials and supplies from GAF on credit by making false representations about Singles Roofings financial status. He falsely claimed that his company had signed a $2 billion contract with NASA and allegedly provided GAF with checks that were returned due to non-sufficient funds, including one for $980,000. In total, Durchslag allegedly obtained a total of approximately $1,822,642 in roofing materials and supplies from GAF through fraud. The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $2.5 million.