Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office has won felony convictions in the St. Louis area against a storm-chaser scam artist and his company. Jack Edward Jones and Countrywide Shingle & Siding, L.L.C. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to repay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the twenty-three (23) Missourians defrauded by his scheme. Additionally, the Court ordered Jones to complete five (5) years of supervised probation, including the condition that Jones’ business bank account is subject to monitoring to prevent future fraud.
Jones admitted to multiple counts of stealing by deceit and violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act by taking up front payments and promising to repair roofs, but then disappearing. Jones was drawn to Missouri by severe hail storms in May 2011. He ran his scam remotely from Colorado, hiring sales people to go door-to-door in storm damaged areas of St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. After customers agreed to use Jones’ business and provided large down payments, Jones disappeared, leaving his customers worse off, with damaged roofs and even less money to pay for critical repairs.
“My office will continue to pursue and prosecute storm chasers like Jack Jones who prey on vulnerable Missourians,” Hawley said.
Assistant Attorneys General Joseph Schlotzhauer and David Ma prosecuted these cases. The case was investigated by Investigator Quinton Dalton.
Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of storm chasing are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online