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AG Schmidt: Pavers banned from Kansas

Lawrence, Topeka consumers to receive refunds 

TOPEKA – (July 2, 2014) – A door-to-door paving operation has been banned from doing business in the State of Kansas and ordered to refund three Northeast Kansas consumers, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

George H. Swartz and James J. Swartz were ordered to repay a total of $8,500 to a Lawrence consumer and two Topeka consumers for violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. In addition, the pavers were permanently banned from doing business in Kansas. District Judge Rebecca Crotty approved the consent judgment last week in Shawnee County District Court.

The defendants, operating under a variety of names, including All Star Asphalt, All Star Paving, Asphalt Solutions and All Star Asphalt Paving, acknowledged that they violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by failing to provide consumers with a completed receipt, failing to advise consumers of their three-day right to cancel and cashing the consumers’ checks in less than five business days.

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

“With the summer construction season in full swing, consumers should be on the lookout for these fly-by-night operations looking to make a quick buck,” Schmidt said. “Consumers 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.