Home builder charged with felony tied to home under construction in Bellaire

BELLAIRE, Texas (KTRK) -- A custom home builder is facing a felony charge related to the construction of a home in Bellaire.

Roy Gabbay, 36, is accused of tampering with a government document with intent to defraud or harm.

In court documents, police allege that Gabbay, owner of RG Homes, falsified an inspection certificate for a house at 4530 Elm St. The charge is a second-degree felony.

Investigators said a City of Bellaire building official claimed a routine record review revealed a missing inspection certificate for crawlspace and wood framing.

The city official told police he contacted Gabbay and was emailed an inspection certificate, but in attempting to verify that certificate with the engineering firm which did the inspection, that firm said the home "failed" inspection and that the certificate was a "forgery."

"If the crawl space and wood framing is not done correctly on the first floor of the home, it causes damage to the entire home," the city official told investigators. He told police he was verifying the validity of the inspection because others claimed their homes had such damage.

Gabbay said RG Homes poured the piers and foundation and started framing the home in April 2016 when concept engineers changed plans. He insisted the home failed inspection because the existing work didn't match the new plans. He claimed it has since passed inspection.

Gabbay denies any wrongdoing.

"There's no actual evidence...all this is going to come out once it gets to trial," he said.

Gabbay was arrested and has bonded out of jail.

ABC13 Investigates spoke to homeowners in February who claimed RG Homes built homes with serious problems that the company refused to repair. One homeowner claimed the poor workmanship led to leaks and mold inside the home. The problems led homeowners to put up banners on the side of their homes asking the home builder to fix their homes.

Some of those homeowners sued RG Homes.

The company responded to the signs and complaints saying they were "a personal crusade" against the company. RG said at the time that one of the homeowners moved in before the house was ready and they weren't allowed to make repairs.

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