Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oklahoma pavers to pay $100,000 penalty, restitution to Kansas consumers

TOPEKA, KAN. ----- An Oklahoma door-to-door paving operation was ordered to pay a $100,000 penalty and more than $13,000 in restitution to two Kansas consumers for violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

In a default judgment entered this week in Shawnee County District Court, Judge Rebecca Crotty ordered Will J. Harrison, Jr., doing business as Wester Construction and Will Harrison Paving, to pay the civil penalty.  The company was accused of engaging in unfair and deceptive practices while selling paving services door-to-door.

In addition to the civil penalty, Harrison was ordered to repay a total of $13,300 to two Kansas consumers.

Schmidt warned consumers to be especially cautious of door-to-door home repair sales which claim to offer a good deal.

“Consumers should be on the lookout for these fly-by-night operations looking to make a quick buck,” Schmidt said. “Kansans who are in need of driveway repairs should seek out local, reputable contractors and get multiple written estimates before having any work done.”

More tips on staying safe from home repair scams are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org .