Charges held against contractor accused of stealing from clients

Charges held against contractor accused of stealing from clients in Fayette, Westmoreland counties

Jason Pirl faces charges in Westmoreland and Fayette counties



UP WHEN IT CESOM TO HIRING CONTRACTORS. JIM: INVESTIGATORS SAY JASON PIRL STOLE WELL OVER $100,000 FROM CLIENTS IN BOTH WESTMORELAND AND FAYETTE COUNTIES, AND THEY BELIEVE MORE VICTIMS COULD BE OUT THERE. SOME OF THOSE FOLKS WERE HERE IN COURT TODAY. FRUSTRATION IS THE RIGHT WORD TO DESCRIBE HOW BRIAN CARAMELA FELT WALKG INOUT OF COURT TODAY. POLICE SAY HE IS A VICTIM OF 41-YEAR-OLD JASON PIRL’S MULTI-YEAR EFFORT TO SIGN UP FOR HOMEMP IROVEMENT PROJECTS, TAKE THE MONEY, AND NEV DERO THE RKWO. >> I HAVE GOT OVER00 3 20 SAMAD TEXT MESSASGE BACK-AND-FORTH WITH MR. PIRL, ANYTHING TALKING TO THE OTHER VICTIMS, HIS MOTHERAS H DIED0 1 DIFFERENT TIMES. HE HAS HAD COVID 15 DIFFERENT TIMES. JIM: CARAMELA SAYS HE WAS CONNECTED WITH PIRL THROUGH A HANDYMAN WEBSITE. HE SAYS PIRL DID A GOOD JOB ON THAT PROJECT, AND HE DIDN’T GET PAID UNTIL IT WAS DONE. FROM THERE CARAMELA SAYS PIRL SOUGHT OUT MORE WORK OUTSIDE OF THE WEBSITE, AND CARAMELA SAYS HE GAVE PIRL A 2500 DOLLAROW D >> HE WAS VERY CONSIDERATE, A VERY NICE MAN. HE PROPOSITIONED US FOR SOME OTHER WORK WE WANTED DONE ON THE BACK AWNING AND EVERYTHI.NG JIM: HE’S ONE OF DOZENS OF ALLEGED VICTIMS ACROSS WESTMORELAND AND FAYETTE COUNTIES. ‘W’VE TALKED TO A FEW OF THE M OVER THE LAST YEAR, SOME TOU THOUSANDS OF WORK THAT WAS NEVER DONE WHILE PIRL WORKED UNDER THE COMPANY NAME OF PROLINE PAINTING. PIRL WAS SCHEDULED F AOR ELPRIMINARY HEARING TODAY, BUT DIDN’T SHOW UP. HIS ATTORNEY HANDLED THE CASE, [WEEPING] THE CHGEARS. CARAMELA SAYS, HE WAS TOLD PIRL PLANS TO PAY THE MONEY BACK. BUT HE SAYS HE’S NOT HOLDING HIS BREATH. >> AM I GOING TO GET MMOY NEY BACK? PROBABLY NOT. BUT THEN HE CAN GO EAT BOLNAOG SANDWICHES FOR A COUPLE YESAR THE WAY I SEE .IT JIM: WE HAVE TRIED MULTIPLE TIMES SINCE THE STORY LAST YEAR TO TKAL WITH THE CONTRACTOR AND HIS ATTORNEY, EVEN TRIED T

Charges held against contractor accused of stealing from clients in Fayette, Westmoreland counties

Jason Pirl faces charges in Westmoreland and Fayette counties

Nearly half a dozen former clients of 41-year-old Jason Pirl were in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on allegations of Pirl taking money from clients throughout the region for work that was never completed.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 first reported on charges filed against Pirl last year. Since then, Pirl has been charged in connection with dozens of former clients, with investigators saying the amount of money stolen exceeds $100,000. Charges against Pirl date back to Dec. 2020 in both Westmoreland and Fayette County.Brian Caramela told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he paid Pirl a $2,500 down payment last year for work at his home that was never completed. He said the process has been frustrating.”Am I going to get my money back? Probably not,” Caramela said. “But he can go eat bologna sandwiches for a couple years the way I see it.”Pirl did not appear in court for the hearing. He is out of jail on bond. His attorney waived the hearing, advancing the case toward trial. Pirl’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

Nearly half a dozen former clients of 41-year-old Jason Pirl were in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on allegations of Pirl taking money from clients throughout the region for work that was never completed.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 first reported on charges filed against Pirl last year. Since then, Pirl has been charged in connection with dozens of former clients, with investigators saying the amount of money stolen exceeds $100,000. Charges against Pirl date back to Dec. 2020 in both Westmoreland and Fayette County.

Brian Caramela told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he paid Pirl a $2,500 down payment last year for work at his home that was never completed. He said the process has been frustrating.

“Am I going to get my money back? Probably not,” Caramela said. “But he can go eat bologna sandwiches for a couple years the way I see it.”

Pirl did not appear in court for the hearing. He is out of jail on bond. His attorney waived the hearing, advancing the case toward trial.

Pirl’s attorney could not be reached for comment.