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Police arrest Wells contractor for tornado-related fraud

Jason Lynn McKnight mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Sheriff's Office. Jason Lynn McKnight mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a Wells roofing contractor on a tampering charge for work related to tornado-affected areas of Lufkin.

According to Lt. David Young, Jason Lynn McKnight, 42, owner of Wells Siding and Roofing, falsified information in attempts to secure building permits.

Young said McKight, in some instances, applied for permits for people he did not have a contract with, preventing the victims from obtaining agreements from other contractors.

McKnight also falsified bid amounts, saying the work was for less than he was getting paid for, thereby getting cheaper permits, Young said.

Young said McKnight was on parole from similar violations, so he may face additional charges.

McKnight also put tarps on roofs and his business's signs in yards without the resident's approval, keeping other contractors from making bids on the homes, Young said.

A background check shows McKnight has been convicted of several previous crimes, including theft and forgery.

McKnight's business should not be confused with Wells Siding and Metal Roofing.

Employees of McKnight's business were interviewed as part of a Dec. 27 story about choosing the right company for repairs.

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