On Your Side Investigation: Sued Ozarks roofer starts new business

Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 8:15 PM CDT
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The owner of an Ozarks roofing company, sued by customers and suppliers, is back in business under a new name.

It's an update to an On Your Side Investigation. You might remember the church that forked over nearly $30,000 to Truitt's Roofing.


Viewers did something about it. First Baptist Church in Fair Grove has a new roof. A different company got the job done.

"It's incredible. That just doesn't happen," said Mark Conn, Pastor.

Dakoda Truitt with Truitt's Roofing took nearly $30,000 from the church in January. After months of waiting --- church leaders reached out to On Your Side.

"The day after the story aired, we started getting telephone calls and folks offering to help," said Conn.

A company with the required credentials got to work and asked not to be recognized.

"Let me just simply say – they just want everyone to know God took care of the need and we have a brand new roof," said Conn.

The church filed a lawsuit against Dakoda Truitt and Truitt's Roofing.

Other cases are piling up in the Missouri court system. Another customer in Nixa is suing him for nearly $8,000. Court documents read Truitt 'abandoned' the job. A supply company says Truitt owes $21,000.

A few weeks ago, another supply company filed a lawsuit asking Truitt's Roofing for more than $71,000. Truitt has not filed a formal response in any of these cases.

Four days after our investigation aired state documents show Dakoda Truitt started a new business, Midwest Roofing & Construction LLC.

This new company is not associated with "Midwest Roofing" in Eldon or Springfield or "Midwest Roofing Supply" in Springfield.

Using court documents, we found the address for Midwest Roofing & Construction LLC is where Dakoda's lives in Ozark. Ozark city workers tell On Your Side -- no business license. Ashley Reynolds went to home for the comment, no one came to the door.

Reynolds emailed the company's website and got a reply from Dakoda, but the signature in the email said Bradley. The email said Dakoda doesn't own the business.

A few hours later she got another email from Dakoda saying 'KY3 and ex employees and their family and friends are making it seem like its against the law to make a living'.

Trent Phariss will tell you as Dakoda Truitt started a new business, he has unfinished business. Phariss hired Truitt in February and paid him nearly $9,000 for a new roof.

"It's a lot of money to us. It's really going to hurt our family," Phariss said.

Phariss says Truitt told him the job would take only a day and a half. He says Truitt won't return his calls.

He filed a complaint with the Attorney General and Better Business Bureau. Always get the full names of workers you hire so you can vet them.