Missouri AG sues St. Louis company for scamming homeowners

Missouri AG sues St. Louis company for scamming homeowners

Missouri AG sues St. Louis company for scamming homeowners

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 4:38 PM

(KMOV) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday filed a lawsuit against a St. Louis home-repair business he said refused to do work they were paid for.

The lawsuit was filed against All Seasons Contracting, its owner, Carol Richard, and manager, Brandi Sampson.

It's the same company that was investigated by News 4's Chris Nagus early last month.

According to Koster, after a series of strong storms hit the St. Louis area in the spring of last year, All Seasons sent salesmen door-to-door offering homeowners free inspections and quotes for repairs, and offering to help homeowners file claims with their insurance companies. 

The suit alleges the defendants took at least $37,000 as down payments from six homeowners, promising that work would begin within weeks. But the defendants have refused to begin any of the work or provide refunds to their victims.

“Too often we see cases where home-repair businesses require up-front payments, and then fail to do the work,” Koster said.  “We will continue to pursue these sham home-repair businesses to seek restitution for the customers they cheated and to protect future consumers from being victimized.”

The lawsuit also alleges the company made dozens of unlawful and unsolicited telemarketing calls to Missourians on the no-call list.

The state is seeking full restitution for all victims and an order from the court preventing the defendants from advertising or engaging in any home-repair services in the state of Missouri. 

Koster is also asking the court to impose a fine of up to $5,000 per unlawful telemarketing call made by the defendants. 

Koster said consumers who contracted with All Seasons Contracting and have not received services as promised should contact his Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or file a complaint online at ago.mo.gov. 

 

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