TOPEKA – (May 16, 2019) – A Topeka man was sentenced today to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of violating a consumer protection order, one count of burglary to a non-dwelling, one count of burglary to a vehicle, and one count of criminal use of a financial card for amount over $1,000 but less than $25,000.
Travis D. Kaiser, 48, of Topeka, d/b/a T’s Lawn Service, pleaded guilty in February to one felony count of violating a consumer protection order and engaging in a door-to-door sale on May 6, 2017, a charge brought by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. In April, Kaiser pleaded guilty to one count of burglary to a non-dwelling, one count of burglary to a vehicle, and one count of criminal use of a financial card for amount over $1,000 but less than $25,000, brought by Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay.
District Judge Mark Braun today sentenced Kaiser to 10 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections in the case brought by the Kansas Attorney General. District Judge Cheryl Rios sentenced Kaiser to a total of 39 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections in the cases brought by the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
This is the first conviction and sentencing in a case brought by the Kansas Attorney General under a new law passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2016, creating the crime of violation of a consumer protection order. That law provides the attorney general authority to charge a person with a crime if that person has been prohibited by a court order from engaging in door-to-door sales, given proper notice, and nonetheless continues to conduct door-to-door sales.
In February 2016, a civil consent judgment against Kaiser was entered under authority of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act was approved in Shawnee County District Court. In that consent judgment, Kaiser was found liable for deceptive or unconscionable acts against Kansas consumers. He was enjoined by the court from engaging in any future door-to-door sales in the State of Kansas as defined by law. In December 2016, Kaiser was personally served with a notice of potential criminal liability if he engaged in further door-to-door sales. Despite this notice, Kaiser again engaged in a door-to-door sale in May 2017, in violation of the court order. The criminal case brought by the attorney general stemmed from that violation.
The cases were prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Steven Karrer of the attorney general’s Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division and Assistant Deputy District Attorney Roger Luedke of the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.
All investigations were conducted by the Topeka Police Department.