March 10. 2014 5:59PM

Manchester-based scam roofer going to prison for making promises, taking money

Union Leader Correspondent

BRENTWOOD — A Manchester-based roofing contractor who allegedly took thousands of dollars from customers in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties has agreed to plead guilty to all charges and begin paying restitution.

Roger Bernier, 48, will spend two to 12 years in state prison for a felony theft charge filed against him for allegedly taking deposits from customers and never fully completing the jobs he was hired for, according to court records.

Bernier was indicted in Rockingham County for taking roughly $7,450 from three customers in Salem between April and May 2012, and never completing the work, an indictment says.

Prosecutors say Bernier – who did business as 5 Below Exteriors – promised one Salem couple to install a new roof at their home and reseal their driveway. Bernier took a total $6,100 in payments for the two jobs, but only did about $3,400 in work on the roof and performed no work on the driveway, according to prosecutors.

Bernier took $2,000 deposit on April 20, 2012, from another customer after agreeing to install a roof at his home. That work was never done and the deposit was never returned, prosecutors said.

Indictments say Bernier also partially completed a third job between April and June 2012, when he took in $5,400 in payments but completed only $2,650 worth of labor.

Prosecutors say that Bernier took money from three more victims in Hillsborough County, taking their money and either failing to perform some or all of the work he promised to them.

Bernier owes more than $17,280 in restitution, according to court records.

As part of his plea agreement, Bernier will have to pay $10,000 of his outstanding restitution either on or before his day of sentencing, which is scheduled for May 12. He will also receive a fully suspended three to six year prison sentence that could be imposed if he does not comply with the terms of his punishment.

The case was prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s Consumer Protection & Anti-trust Bureau.