BREAKING NEWS

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea and Sentence in Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Case


Sep 7, 2018, 15:20 PM
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Oct 3, 2018, 15:20 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kasey Hudson, 43, pled guilty to Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Unlawful Merchandising Practices in connection with an asphalt scam in the Montgomery County-area. Hudson was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $7,500. AG Hawley previously obtained a civil judgment against Kasey Hudson on May 4, 2018 for $107,964.25.

Hudson falsely promised his victim that he would provide a solid asphalt driveway with leftover material for a small cost. Hudson and his crew poured gravel and sprayed it with an oil mixture, then pressured the victim to pay thousands for near-worthless work.

AG Hawley warns that asphalt scammers frequently target elderly victims. The scammers approach victims at their home and make promises to provide a solid asphalt surface or driveway repair for a small cost. They then demand the victim pay thousands of dollars for a product with little or no value.

AG Hawley recommends the following tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Always have a written contract or estimate before any work is done on your home or property; make sure you have a detailed scope of the work to be provided.
  • Ask for and check references for past jobs.
  • Conduct online research about the company; look for reviews and/or complaints.
  • Never pay cash. Pay by check, credit card, online money transfer through your bank, or a service like Paypal. If there is a problem, payment may be able to be stopped or disputed, and the authorities may have more information to find and apprehend the scammers.

Assistant Attorneys General Steven Reed and John Grantham prosecuted the case on behalf of the Attorney General's Office in connection with Montgomery County Prosecutor Nathan Carroz. The case was investigated by Quinton Dalton. Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online.