June 20, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Gloria Schoeller has been placed on probation for four years following her guilty pleas on June 10 to one count of unlawful merchandising practices and three counts of public adjusting without a license for actions following the Joplin tornado.
The Attorney General filed criminal charges against Schoeller, along with Jeffrey Wolfson, in May 2012. Koster said that Schoeller and Wolfson operated Insurrexx, LLC, a Lebanon-based company that offered insurance claim-adjusting and home-repair services. The charges alleged that Insurrexx took money from consumers to repair damage to their homes, and then failed to deliver on their promises. Neither Schoeller nor Wolfson were licensed as public adjusters.
Before entering the plea agreement, Koster required Schoeller to repay more than $24,000 in full restitution to the victims. As a condition of her probation, Schoeller has agreed to testify truthfully at the trial of Wolfson, which is scheduled to take place in October in Jasper County. As in all criminal cases, the defendant, Wolfson, is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.
"The resolution of the charges against Gloria Schoeller means immediate and full restitution for the victims of Insurrexx," Koster said. "We will continue to protect consumers by pursuing those who took advantage of Missouri citizens at their time of greatest need."
Koster's office has taken legal action against five other contractors for illegal behavior related to rebuilding the homes damaged or destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.