The claim, first instituted as wind damage, was closed by New York Central Mutual, and the firm pledged to pay $12,381 to the homeowner due to what they determined to be "vandalism." The insurance adjuster found that the alleged removal of shingles - which a witness said was due to Wilkins - to be $17,100 worth of damage.
In a confession, Bennett said she worked for Wilkins and Kenney in Assurance Building on roofing and siding jobs throughout the region based on claims of storm damage. In her statement, Bennett said she and others would prompt homeowners to sign agreements that all proceeds from insurance settlements would be paid to Assurance, and that she, Wilkins or Kenney would pick up the money. In the statement, Bennett said they had done 75 roofing and siding jobs in towns including Warrensburg, Ticonderoga, and Queensbury, most of them based on hail damage. She claimed she was paid $20 per hour plus 40 percent of the difference between the insurance payment and the cost of the job. She added that she regularly received $300 to $500 for each job.
The investigation into the alleged roofing scam were conducted by both the state Police and the state Insurance Department investigators.
• The cases of Lynn T. Bonilla, 44, and Brian L. Cole, 48, of King St. Warrensburg, were adjourned to March 2. They are both facing a charge of first-degree Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. Police said Bonilla and Cole allowed alcohol to be consumed at their home at 2:45 a.m. Feb. 12 by a dozen people under the age of 21 - including one teen who was 14 - while hosting a birthday party.
• In a plea bargain, Kristina A. Rafferty, 28, of Cloverleaf Drive, Warrensburg pled Guilty to second-degree Harassment, and she was sentenced to a conditional discharge. The plea deal involved dropping the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Police said that Rafferty picked up a child under 7 years old, held the youngster up horizontally in her arms and dropped him about three feet onto the floor in Rafferty's home, causing bruises, swelling and an abrasion to the child's face. The incident occurred Jan. 12 at about noon, and was investigated by the county Child Protective Services as well as the county Sheriff's office.