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Suit: company's employees damaged homes to drum up business

By Annie Cosby | Jun 17, 2014

An insurance company is suing employees of a business it claims intentionally caused damage to homes and blamed it on hail in order to make money.

Country Mutual Casualty Insurance Co. filed a lawsuit May 8 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Jenny Oh, Edward Hong and Maggie Fong, citing property damage.

According to the complaint, the defendants were employed by Only One General Contractors Inc., a company that visited neighborhoods with homes recently damaged by hail storms or other weather-related causes to offer free inspections, help filing insurance claims and its services.

Country Mutual claims there were several instances in 2008 and 2009, when the defendants damaged property of homes, including six insured by the plaintiff, to mimic hail damage in order to gain roofing and siding repair business.

The suit accuses the defendants of civil conspiracy and violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The insurance company is seeking more than $30,000 in damages and costs it paid out to its insured to repair damage caused by Only One's employees. It is being represented by Frederick J. Sudekum III and W. Mark Sickles of Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff Chtd..

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L005033.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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