December 21, 2005
Washington, Mo. — A St. Louis home repair contractor who defrauded dozens of Franklin County residents will repay more than $176,000 to his victims under a sentence handed down on Tuesday (Dec. 20).
Dana Luckey (DOB 10-24-66) was sentenced in Franklin County Circuit Court by Judge David Hoven after Luckey pleaded guilty in September to 10 felony counts of violating Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act. A Franklin County grand jury had handed down a 10-count indictment at the request of Attorney General Jay Nixon and Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Parks against Luckey.
Judge Hoven sentenced Luckey to four years on each count, with the sentence on the first three to run consecutively and the remaining counts to run concurrently, for a total of 12 years imprisonment. The state 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. As part of the agreement, Luckey also is prohibited from owning, operating or managing a home repair business in Missouri during his probation; cannot consume alcohol; must submit to a substance abuse evaluation and abide by the recommendation of the evaluation; submit to random breath and urine testing; and attend an anger management program.
Records show that in the spring and summer of 2004 Luckey, doing business as K&L Contracting, contracted with many 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. Other consumers paid money for full jobs that Luckey only partially completed, while others paid money and had work completed but in an unworkmanlike manner.