Local serial scammer behind bars after months-long search

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 10:06 PM

CLAYTON, Mo (KMOV.com) – News 4 has warned you about a local contractor accused of taking money and never performing his services. Now the Missouri Attorney General is taking action.

 

After months of searching, police arrested Jason Leavy last week, and he remains in custody at the St. Louis County jail.

News 4 talked to one of his victims today who is still waiting on money from Leavy.

“He’s got what looks like legit paperwork,” said former employee Guy Wittler. “Legit business, cards legit everything.”

It’s been years and Wittler is still waiting on a paycheck from Tristar Roofing, one of several construction companies run by Leavy.

“He scams people left and right,” Wittler added. “[He] owes me $1,500 and scams people any way he can.”

The Better Business Bureau has been warning people for years now, starting in 2006. But Leavy—sometimes known Jason Aragon or Michael Aragon—just won’t quit.

Flagrant is a good way to do describe what he’s doing,” said Chris Thetford of the BBB. “He’s taking money from people- thousands of dollars, promising that he’s going to get their roof done, get their construction project done but then not following up and doing the work.”

The Missouri Attorney General calls him a prior and persistent offender. He’s now charged with unlawful merchandising practices for cases in St. Louis and St. Charles County.

“He takes the job- they pay him for the job then he disappears and they never see him again,” said Thetford.

In 2006 Leavy was sentenced to four years in prison for similar crimes. He only served 18 months and almost as soon he left prison, investigators say he went back to his old ways.

We went by the listed address for Leavy’s latest construction company in Florissant, but there was no sign of a business and the space is now occupied by a political campaign.

Leavy has a scheduled court appearance later this week.

 

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