CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A roofing contractor in Salem, W.Va., received a sentence of 10 years imprisonment for defrauding customers out of more than $500,000.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, of the Northern District of West Virginia, Bradley Glaspell of Salem is the owner and operator of Over the Top Roofing LLC and Helping Hands Home Improvement. He falsely advertised his businesses on social media and claimed to be a licensed contractor when, in reality, he was unlicensed. He required payments in advance for materials but then failed to complete the work as promised and used the money for personal expenses.  

Glaspell, 48, defrauded more than 70 victims from Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, and Washington and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his prison sentence, Glaspell was ordered to pay $593,009 in restitution.

“Mr. Glaspell was a shady contractor who took advantage of West Virginians who paid him up front and trusted that he would do the job,” said Ihlenfeld. “His dishonesty caused many to be left with unfinished projects and I’m pleased that he will spend the next 10 years behind bars.”

Glaspell pled guilty in May 2022 in federal court to wire fraud.