The office manager of a roofing company will not be prosecuted in a case of forgery in the Villages.
The district attorney’s office announced last week that Melissa Skates, 52, will not be prosecuted in connection with a accuse of having falsely notarized a document as part of a roof replacement on a home in the Village of Bridgeport at Lake Sumter.
She was arrested on February 3 at Safe & Sound Roofing, located at 4313 E. County Road 466 in Oxford.
The villager signed for the roofing job in November after an unsolicited visit from a salesman. The villager said he signed on an iPad. However, the villager had a strange feeling about the promised job and tried to back out of the contract. In retaliation, the roofing company filed a lien on his home, which he bought in 2017 for $725,000.
One of the documents used to file the lien was a “Notice of Commencement,” according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The villager obtained a copy of the notice of opening and noticed that it included his signature and a notary seal dated December 3. The villager had signed the document on November 10 and the notary seal was later affixed to it, according to the arrest report. . Skates was not present when the signature was obtained.
When a detective initially contacted Skates at the roofing company’s office, she refused to meet with him for an interview. She insisted what she did was “legal”.
State’s Attorney William Gladson announced Thursday that no information will be filed in the case. He said his office would be “unable to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt due to legal and factual issues in the case.”