In 2017, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in Jefferson County. Fewer than two years later, he was released and accused of scamming again
ST. LOUIS — A recommendation from a neighbor or friend can often seal the deal. Especially if you’re looking for a contractor.
It didn’t work out well for one Hazelwood man. He told the 5 On Your Side I-Team he had no idea his roofing contractor had just been released from prison for stealing thousands from his customers.
This spring when Justin McDonald found out his roof was leaking, he knew he needed to act fast.
“I was getting some water leak from a rainstorm,” said McDonald.
The lockdown had just started. Finding a contractor was tricky. So, McDonald felt lucky when his neighbor had a recommendation for him: Donald “DJ” Harralston with ‘Multiple Trade Solutions LLC’.
“[Harralston claimed he] worked with,