TOPEKA – (October 19, 2012) – A transient asphalt paving company has been sued by the Kansas Attorney General and accused of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
The Attorney General filed suit in Shawnee County District Court and obtained a court order to seize the company’s assets while the litigation is resolved. The Louisiana-based company, Allied Paving and Construction, and individuals Morris E. Herrin Jr., Forrest Dewayne Jackson, Louis Holder Raymond, Robert Wayne Williams, Floyd Jerry Robert and Scott Alan Gilmore are accused of deceptive business practices related to their activities in Kansas, including Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Morris counties. The allegations resulted from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
The defendants, operating as Allied Paving, allegedly defrauded at least two Kansas consumers by going door-to-door in Northeast Kansas, offering to pave driveways and parking lots. The Attorney General’s Office alleges the pavers did not disclose all of their charges at the time of the sale and failed to advise the consumers of their rights under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
As part of the investigative process, the Attorney General’s office seized vehicles and equipment owned by the paving company.
Attorney General Schmidt asked that any Kansans who have done business with this company contact his Consumer Protection Division immediately. Schmidt reminded consumers that when hiring contractors or construction workers, it is best to deal with reputable, local companies. Any consumers who feel they may have been victims of deceptive or illegitimate contractors are encouraged to file a report with the Attorney General’s office by calling 1-800-432-2310 or visiting www.ag.ks.gov.