Former prisoner back in business, scamming home owners -

Former prisoner back in business, scamming home owners

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(KMOV)-- A man who spent time in prison for ripping off home improvement customers is back in business.

The Better Business Bureau says Jason Leavy,36, may have already taken up to $20,000 from customers stretching from north St. Louis County down to Ironton.
Leavy, who works for Tri-Star, went to prison in 2006 after he was accused of taking $100,000 from customers and neglecting to provide roofing and other promised construction work.
Jean Halsey, Leavy’s latest victim, gave him a check for $4,400 to work on her father’s house. Leavy asked for half the money upfront and promised to return in seven days.
Halsey says Leavy returned only once after that day in October, and he never did any work.
She found the contractor online, and did not know about his previous prison sentence.
The BBB has registered ten complaints against Leavy since July.
Leavy traded text messages with Marc Cox Thursday.
Leavy claimed he is only an employee of Tri-Star and is not to blame for any wrongdoing.
He referred Marc to his attorney for more information.

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