November 2, 2009
-- St. Louis man gets prison time --
St. Louis, Mo. -– Attorney General Chris Koster said today that St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Bresnahan has sentenced a St. Louis man who pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful merchandising practices to four years in state prison.
Koster said Patrick F. Rayburn (DOB 11/13/58) pleaded guilty on August 31, 2009, to defrauding consumers in the sale of home improvement projects. Koster said Rayburn was arrested in February, 2008, after being indicted by the St. Louis County grand jury at the request of the Attorney General’s Office.
Koster said consumers paid Rayburn to perform extensive projects on their homes, but never completed the work. Projects included construction of home additions such as new rooms, larger bathrooms, and new garages.
“Mr. Rayburn preyed on trusting, hardworking Missourians,” Koster said, “and he has been justly sentenced for his crimes. The Attorney General’s office will continue to aggressively enforce the state’s consumer protection laws to safeguard consumers from fraudulent contractors.”