June 5, 2008
St. Louis, Mo. - A St. Louis judge has ordered the owner of a home repair business to pay more than $89,000 after he failed to make scheduled restitution payments for consumers under a previous court judgment.
Eric Moore, who did business as Moore General Contracting and Inspection Compliance Service, was barred from the home repair business last November under an order obtained by Attorney General Jay Nixon. Nixon sued Moore after consumers complained that Moore took payments of as much as $27,000 for home repair work that was either never started, never completed, or was done in a shoddy manner.
The November order also required Moore to pay $71,495 in consumer restitution and $10,000 in costs, with a $15,000 penalty to be stayed if he complied with the order. Nixon said Moore paid $7,000 to satisfy the judgment, but had missed making scheduled payments numerous times and was currently in arrears. Nixon asked the court to issue an order requiring Moore to pay the remaining restitution and costs, as well as the stipulated penalty.
The order entered on Wednesday (June 4) by St. Louis City Circuit Judge Edward Sweeney requires Moore to pay $64,495 in restitution for consumers he defrauded, $10,000 in costs to the state, and a $15,000 penalty to the state. Nixon said if Moore does not satisfy the judgment, his office is prepared to take appropriate step to recover that money for consumers and the state.