April 17, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. –Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that Kevin Rickey, Sr. has been charged in Harrison County Circuit Court with two felony counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and two felony counts of unlawful merchandising practices. According to the complaint, Rickey made numerous misrepresentations to convince two senior citizens to hire him to lay asphalt on their driveways and then demanded payment far in excess of what the work was worth.
The Attorney General's office is assisting Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Johnathan Meyer in the case.
Koster alleged that Rickey used high-pressure tactics to get his victims to pay, like starting the work before the consumer agreed, and failing to finish the job after being hired. Another consumer agreed to pay no more than $1,000 for a job, but after completion Rickey's crew demanded $3,000. Investigators discovered that Rickey often used substandard material and was difficult to reach when customers wished to complain.
"With the arrival of warmer weather, we often begin to see driveway paving scams," said Koster. "Our immediate priority is to protect consumers by taking suspected scam artists off the market."
Rickey faces up to fifteen years in prison for each of the financial-exploitation-of-the-elderly charges and up to four years in prison for each of the unlawful-merchandising-practices charges.
As in all criminal cases, the charges are merely allegations; Rickey is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.