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AG Derek Schmidt: Arkansas pavers banned from doing business in Kansas

Release Date: Mar 24, 2017

TOPEKA – (March 24, 2017) – Two Arkansas men operating a paving business have been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to repay six Kansas consumers, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Albert Jeffrey and Allen Jeffrey, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, doing business as J. Boys Blacktop and Asphalt Paving, were ordered to repay a total of $48,183 to consumers in Clay, Ottawa, Reno and Saline counties for violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. In addition, the two men and their business were banned from operating in Kansas. District Judge Franklin Theis approved the default judgment Wednesday in Shawnee County District after the defendants failed to answer a lawsuit filed by Schmidt’s office in December.

Schmidt accused the men of engaging in door-to-door sales of home improvement services, including installation, sealing and repair of asphalt driveways. The defendants allegedly violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by failing to notify consumers of their three-day right to cancel the transaction, cashing the consumers’ checks prior to midnight of the fifth business day, and willfully misrepresenting material facts about the work.

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

 “As spring home improvement season begins, 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, get multiple written estimates, and carefully check references 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.