September 27, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster filed criminal charges today against Peter Jason Morgan for allegedly defrauding a Vichy man into paying $56,000 for substandard paving work. Previously, Koster had filed criminal charges against Terry Wayne Phelps, operating under the name “Road Maintenance Construction,” for the same activity. The new filing also includes additional counts against Phelps.
Koster charged Phelps (DOB 10/12/74) and Morgan (DOB 07/14/73) with one count of Stealing by Deceit, one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, and one count of Unlawful Merchandising Practices in connection with the sale of asphalt and paving services to a Vichy man.
Stealing by Deceit and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly are Class B felonies under Missouri law, punishable upon conviction by up to fifteen years in prison per count. Unlawful Merchandising Practices is a Class D felony under Missouri law, punishable upon conviction by up to four years in prison and a fine of $5,000 per count. Bond has been set at $50,000 for each defendant. The pending charges against the defendants are merely accusations. As in all criminal cases, the defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.
Koster reminds Missourians to report home repair fraud to his office by calling his Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by filing a complaint on his website at www.ago.mo.gov.