TOPEKA – (July 24, 2018) – A Jefferson County roofer has been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to repay two consumers after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Sonny Peterson, of Nortonville, who did business as S&J Carpentry/Roofing and S&J Carpentry, was enjoined from operating as a roofing contractor in the State of Kansas unless and until he properly registers with the attorney general’s office, as required by law. Jefferson County District Judge Gary L. Nafziger last week entered the injunction after the company failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general in 2016. The case had been on hold after Peterson filed for bankruptcy in 2017. His bankruptcy case was dismissed last week. Nafziger also ordered Peterson to pay a total of $13,400 in restitution to two Jefferson County consumers, as well as a civil penalty and the costs of the attorney general’s investigation.
Schmidt had alleged that Peterson operated as a roofing contractor without registering with the attorney general’s office and he accepted payment to perform roofing services, then never performed the work. The allegations constitute violations of the Kansas Roofing Registration Act (KRRA) and Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). The case is Jefferson County District Court No. 2016-CV-83. A copy of the judgment is available at www.ag.ks.gov/roofer-enforcement.
Schmidt also announced he has entered into consent judgments with 14 other roofing contractors for violations of the KRRA. The settlements require the contractors to pay civil penalties for KRRA violations. They also require the contractors to comply with the KRRA when providing roofing services in the future. The 14 roofing contractors fined are:
- Becker & Sons, LLC; Pratt County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-21.
- Gearld Brooks, d/b/a Contemporary Home Improvement; d/b/a Contemporary Homes; Pratt County; Case No. 2018-CV-23.
- Doll House Investments, LLC, d/b/a/ DHI Roofing; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-504.
- Draper Construction & Commercial Roofing Inc. f/k/a Draper & Sons Construction, Inc.; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-380.
- E3 Solutions, LLC; Sedgwick County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-1519-OT.
- Steven Favela; Barton County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-69.
- Homescape, Inc.; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-436.
- Juan Ibarra d/b/a Triple BBB Roofing; Pawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-27.
- Kansas City Roofscapes, LLC; Johnson County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-3994.
- Jaime Mendoza Mendez, d/b/a JM Roofing; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-304.
- Lucio Morales, d/b/a Morales Roofing; Lyon County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-62.
- Seaman & Schuske Metal Works Company, Inc.; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-557.
- Shawn Obermann, Armor Roofing, LLC, Armour Roofing, LLC; Shawnee County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-76.
- Wesley A. Young; Reno County District Court; Case No. 2018-CV-231.
In each case, Schmidt alleged the defendants or defendants’ subcontractors engaged in advertising, soliciting or performing roofing contractor services in Kansas without registering with the attorney general’s office as required by the KRRA. Copies of the consent judgments are available at www.ag.ks.gov/roofer-enforcement.
Schmidt reminded consumers to make sure roofing contractors are properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org to confirm that the roofer’s registration is in good standing.