September 30, 2005
Washington, Mo. — A St. Louis man who took tens of thousands of dollars from Franklin County residents for home repairs that in most cases were never even started has entered a plea of guilty to violating Missouri's consumer protection laws.
In early September, a Franklin County grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment at the request of Attorney General Jay Nixon and Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Parks against Dana Luckey (DOB 10-24-66), of the 2800 block of McNair Avenue, St. Louis. He was charged with 10 felony counts of violating Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act.
Luckey entered a plea of guilty Thursday (Sept. 29) on all 10 counts with a sentence of four years on each count, to run concurrently. The state has agreed to suspend the sentence and place Luckey on five years probation provided he pays $176,923.28 in restitution to the 48 known victims. He must also agree to pay restitution to any additional victims who may come forward. Sentencing is set for Dec. 20 in front of Judge David Hoven.
As part of the agreement, Luckey is prohibited from ever owning, operating or managing a home repair business in Missouri.
Nixon and Parks allege that in the fall of 2003 Luckey, doing business as K&L Contracting, contracted with several Franklin County residents to install new roofs, gutters, down spouts, siding and windows. In each instance advance payment was made for the work, but no work was performed nor did Luckey issue refunds.