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Kelcy Pegler, Jr., co-founder (left), and Kelcy Pegler, Sr., owner and president, of Roof Diagnostics Solar. with some of the company's solar panels. The elder Pegler has been indicted for fraud.
Kelcy Pegler, Jr., co-founder (left), and Kelcy Pegler, Sr., owner and president, of Roof Diagnostics Solar. with some of the company's solar panels. The elder Pegler has been indicted for fraud. - (AARON HOUSTON)

The president of Roof Diagnostics Solar has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $265,000 by providing misleading information to the company's workers' compensation insurance carrier, according to the state attorney general's office.

The indictment claims that Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr., president of the Wall-based company, lied about the nature of his company from June of 2002 to October of 2009, claiming it did not perform any roof work, nor did it employ any roofers.

Because of those claims, the company, which ranked No. 5 on NJBIZ's 2013 list of the 50 fastest growing companies in the state, paid far less in workers' compensation insurance premiums than it should have, according to the AG's office.

"This defendant had a legal responsibility to provide adequate and lawful workers' compensation coverage for employees," Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said. "By providing misinformation to his workers' compensation carrier, he not only failed in this responsibility but also defrauded an insurance company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cost of such fraud is passed on to consumers through increased premiums."

The indictment has left Pegler Sr. "shocked," according to a statement from Roof Diagnostics Solar issued late Friday evening.

"He has built his career as well as his company, Roof Diagnostics, on integrity," the statement continued. "He has retained counsel and looks forward to seeing this process through and clearing his name."


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Ex employee said:
It hasn't gone to trial yet. Apparently, he feels good about his trial. Who wouldn't after being handed a ton of $ to retire. As an ex employee I'll tell you this, fraud is prevelant. They look for every way to cheat and save. They made another employee, who I believe is no longer there forge hundreds of clients signatures/ and fake town permit pass stickers to get paid quicker by the partner company(SunRun). Chances are if you had a solar install from them in the past 3 yrs in NJ, they forged your signature. The owners son actually showed him how to do it, and when he questioned it, he was basically told of you don't, you'll be fired. I only know this cause he saved every one he was made to do. Big stack of papers. It's no wonder they sold out when they could. That's just a small sample of they're business ethics. Simone should look into they're new religious store on 71. They are probably using that to show a loss or something. Go back to Amish country and get your teeth fixed

April 9, 2014 9:45 pm

Former Employee said:
Misclassification of employees is also a crime. Don't sign on lead generators and sales teams as "contractors" and then treat them just like an employee. This company stink's of fraud.

April 8, 2014 1:42 pm

harry said:
has anybody heard anything lately about this story? has he gone to trial?

April 7, 2014 11:58 pm

John A Wary said:
There must be a great deal of truth in all of the prior comments. Like Judge Judy always says "Should I believe you now or before when you were lying to me?" If it sounds too good to be true it usually is. There are no free lunches, they always come with a side order of tomaine or E.Coli!

April 3, 2014 3:27 pm

Wary1 said:
There must be plenty of truth in all of the prior comments. Promises of "free" solar energy are just too good to be true. Like Judge Judy always says, "Should I believe you now or before when you were lying to me?" There are no free lunches.

April 3, 2014 3:23 pm

Present employee said:
The company was bought out by a larger energy company. Kelcy Sr was "asked" to retire or the deal would not have moved forward. Maybe now all of us that work here will be appreciated and actually receive the compensation packages we were all promised. About time that someone with human resource know how got with the company.

April 2, 2014 8:06 pm



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