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September 19, 2011

Jeffery Thomure of Standard Monument Company Ordered to Jail for Contempt

St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis County Circuit Court has found Jeffery W. Thomure in criminal and civil contempt of an injunction issued on August 23, 2006. Thomure did business as Standard Monument Company.

Koster said Thomure deliberately continued to use unfair and deceptive practices to sell gravestone monuments to consumers by falsely promising to deliver the monuments. The Court sentenced Thomure to 30 days in the St. Louis County Jail for criminal contempt. Penalties and costs also were assessed against the defendant for civil contempt.

“Consumers are vulnerable when they lose a loved one, and Thomure’s actions have only added to their grief,” Koster said. “Despite the previous injunction, Jeffery Thomure continued to take advantage of consumers, which our office will not tolerate. With the Court’s judgment, I hope consumers can find solace in knowing this wrongdoer has been punished.”

Judge Colleen Dolan signed the judgment, finding that the defendant engaged in deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice, or concealment, suppression, or omission of material fact in connection with the sale or offer for sale of gravestone monuments, in violation of a permanent injunction entered by the Court August 23, 2006.

The prior judgment required Thomure, the owner and operator of Standard Monument Company, located in St. Louis, to complete all outstanding orders, pay $10,000 in civil penalties, and refrain from further violations of the Merchandising Practices Act. Since the 2006 order, Thomure collected at least $14,662.84 from consumers, but he failed to provide the gravestones or a refund.

In addition to the 30 days’ jail time, Thomure was ordered to:

  • pay $40,000 in civil penalties;
  • pay $2,000 for court costs;
  • deliver and install completed gravestones by January 1, 2012, on all outstanding customer orders or give refunds to all consumers who have paid for a gravestone but have not received it.

A warrant for Jeffery W. Thomure’s arrest will be issued.



 
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