TOPEKA – (November 30, 2018) – A group of paving contractors has been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to repay six Kansas consumers after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
Defendants Steven Bailey, of Carl Junction, Mo., and Charles Smith, of Gainesville, Texas, who did business as Asphalt Paving, Lone Star Paving, Lone Star Asphalt, Bailey Paving, and Carl Bailey Construction, were ordered to repay a total of $33,652 to consumers in Shawnee and Pottawatomie counties. In addition, the two men were permanently banned from operating in Kansas and ordered to pay a civil penalty and reimburse the attorney general’s office for the costs of its investigation. District Judge Teresa L. Watson approved the consent judgement earlier this month in Shawnee County District Court.
Schmidt accused the men of engaging in illegal 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.
The case was investigated by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division.
A copy of the consent judgement is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments. More tips on staying safe from home repair scams are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.