A Westmoreland County choose on Wednesday ordered a Scottdale contractor accused of bilking clients in a few Southwestern Pennsylvania counties to remain in jail pending the final result of his pending felony instances.
Jason Ray Pirl, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday by Westmoreland County deputy sheriffs subsequent a 3-7 days search that finished in a parking lot in the vicinity of Smithton.
Pirl is accused of multiple thefts in 13 conditions filed in Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties. Investigators mentioned he took much more than $250,000 from buyers for operate that he under no circumstances finished.
Investigators in Westmoreland County claimed Pirl is accused of bilking three prospects, which include 1 female who claimed she compensated Pirl $20,500 in December 2020 for transforming and roofing do the job.
Pirl claimed he applied that cash to pay living costs as he recovered from a coronary heart assault and surgery, according to courtroom documents.
He was once again billed in September by point out law enforcement on allegations he took revenue from a Hempfield female for services not done.
Court docket paperwork record a Scottdale handle for Pirl, who was free of charge on bail. But Sheriff James Albert indicated Pirl was believed to be dwelling out of his car in an endeavor to elude seize immediately after a warrant was issued for his arrest in October.
Prosecutors assert Pirl violated conditions of his pretrial probation when additional costs have been submitted from him previously this 12 months.
Westmoreland Deputy Sheriff John Dixon testified in the course of a courtroom listening to Wednesday that investigators initially staked out Pirl’s residence in Scottdale on Nov. 23 with no good results. A private informant notified deputies that Pirl was doing the job as a flagman for a regional building enterprise, and an investigation utilizing GPS trackers identified his operate-owned truck in the parking ton in close proximity to a truck cease in Smithton.
“We observed an individual in the car or truck in a reclined situation. He bought up, started the auto and begun to generate it forward. Deputies drew their weapons and ordered him to halt,” Dixon testified.
Pirl, who attended Wednesday’s courtroom hearing from the county jail by using video clip conferencing, disputed Dixon’s account.
“I by no means knew I experienced a warrant out for me. I was out performing,” Pirl explained.
Pirl asked to be launched to dwelling arrest and granted function release, a ask for the decide denied but reported he may reconsider at a later date and immediately after other detainers in Fayette County are resolved.
“I have been working each and every working day to choose care of this,” Pirl said.
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Court docket paperwork indicate Pirl was charged in March with eight past residence improvement fraud violations in Westmoreland County — like alleged incidents in Hempfield, East Huntingdon, Rostraver, Penn and South Huntingdon townships and in Scottdale. People incidents had been described involving January 2020 and March 2021.
Pirl faces a Dec. 8 preliminary listening to on the most recent charges submitted versus him in September.