September 8, 2008
Clayton, Mo. - The owner of a St. Louis repair business that defrauded area homeowners by not completing repairs or honoring warranties paid for by consumers pled guilty today to three counts of unlawful merchandising practices and was sentenced to four years in prison. Circuit Judge David Vincent sentenced Kenneth Mers (DOB - 7/30/70), the owner of AMRP Construction, to four years each on the three counts, and then ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Mers was indicted on the three counts by a St. Louis County grand jury last year at the request of Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Mers was originally arrested last September and held in the Jefferson County jail. On May 16, he was sentenced to five years probation on two counts of stealing by deceit and one count passing a bad check in Jefferson County. Upon his release on probation, Mers was rearrested to face the unlawful merchandising practices charges he was sentenced on today.
Mers, whose last address was in the 4200 block of Salem School Road, took payment for home renovations or repair services - including fixing leaks and cracks, installing siding, and providing waterproofing - but did not complete the work. Mers also allegedly sold multi-year warranties for his work, but did not honor the warranties. The services and warranties were sold to consumers in January 2005.