September 16, 2008
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Jay Nixon is taking legal action to recover restitution for three Jefferson City families who paid a home remodeling business for work that was never completed or done so poorly that it caused damage to their homes. The Attorney General today filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court against Trademark Remodeling and Renovations LLC and Kenneth Scott Jinson. Jinson also does business under the name Five Star Home Solutions.
The lawsuit alleges Jinson, who advertised online and in the newspaper and Yellow Pages, took payments for home remodeling services and then failed to provide those services. At one home, he did work that was not part of the agreement with the consumer, and failed to obtain building permits or do work that was in accordance with city code. Some of the work had to be redone by an electrician and a plumber at a cost of almost $1,400 in order to pass inspection, and Jinson has not paid for that work.
At another home, Jinson left his work so poorly done and incomplete that the home was unsafe, and the homeowner was forced to use Jinson's insurance company to cover the damage of the of unfinished work. Jinson left leaky plumbing at a third home, and substituted tile for the more costly marble that the homeowners had requested and paid for.
Nixon is asking the court to order Jinson and his business to pay full restitution to any consumers who have been harmed by his illegal actions, and to prohibit the defendants from doing any home remodeling work and from violating Missouri consumer protection laws. The lawsuit also seeks appropriate penalties and costs from the defendants.