Two Columbia Men Plead Guilty in Contracting Scam

6 years 2 months 6 hours ago Monday, August 19 2013 Aug 19, 2013 Monday, August 19, 2013 1:55:25 PM CDT August 19, 2013 in News
By: Devon Fasbinder, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Two Columbia men pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court Monday on charges related to a contracting scam.

Kendale Lamont Williams and Joshua B. Whitlock pleaded guilty to two counts of felony stealing by deceit and one count of felony merchandising practices.

An Attorney General's Office representative said the two men took thousands of dollars from customers claiming they were building structures as part of Select Living Designs. After cashing checks from the customers, the men never returned.

The Attorney General's office reported in one case, Whitlock and Williams hired a subcontractor to get a large down-payment from the customer. But the men never paid the subcontractor and wrote a bad check to a local company that furnished building materials.

Both men were placed on supervised probation for five years. The court ordered them to pay back the approximately $16,000 stolen. Whitlock has begun to pay back some of the money as of the plea Monday.

The Attorney General's office urges Missourians who feel they've been a victim of a contracting scam to contact its Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-392-8222 or online to file a complaint.

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