Prosecutor accuses alleged scammer of violating probation


by Adam Walser

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 4 at 6:22 PM

(WHAS11) - A man accused in a home improvement scam faced a judge Friday.

Prosecutors say despite getting probation for a previous conviction, he kept ripping people off.

John McQueen was convicted as a persistent felony offender, but got a big break after getting a plea deal.

Now prosecutors say he's violated that deal and should be sent to prison for the next 15 years.

When John McQueen entered the courtroom, plenty of his new alleged victims were there, hoping his probation would be revoked once and for all.

Jon Barmore hired McQueen to build a garage just a few months ago.

“He's smooth. He started talking to us about religion right off the bat and how he had two kids who went to Trinity and all those kinds of stuff,” said Barmore.

“This guy should be in jail. He should be in prison for what he's done to these people,” said James Adair.

The list of McQueen's alleged victims is long and goes back nearly two decades.

In our archives, we discovered we covered one of his arrests for an alleged home improvement scam in 1994 and for multiple arrests in the years that followed.

Despite being considered a persistent felony offender, McQueen managed to stay out of prison, but had to agree not to work in the home improvement industry.

Back in February, McQueen was called in for bond revocation hearing after violating that condition, but he never made it in to court.

Mcqueen was on the run from police until he was spotted by his latest alleged victim at a Home Depot store.

“I walked inside and I seen him and I turned the opposite direction, walked the whole length of the store and called Steve Wise, who’s the police officer who got taken,” said Barmore.

Officer Wise also allegedly lost more than $17,000 from McQueen's venture.

Not only did Wise arrest John McQueen, after the hearing, he also took his two sons into custody on warrants alleging they are also part of the family business.

McQueen was ordered held under a $2 million bond.

His probation revocation hearing was continued until November 22.