AG Hawley Obtains Judgment Against Robert Dees for Defrauding Missouri Consumers

May 14, 2018, 11:09 AM
May 14, 2018, 11:09 AM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $124,041.47 judgment on behalf of 19 consumers who were defrauded by Robert Dees and his companies Dees Management LLC and STL Move Properties LLC.

Robert Dees entered into contracts to provide property management services for residential properties owned by consumers. Dees was to locate tenants, collect rent, make necessary maintenance and repairs, and forward rent to the property owners less his fee. Instead, Dees billed the property owners for repairs which were never completed, failed to forward collected rent money, failed to make necessary maintenance and repairs on properties, moved tenants into properties that did not have a valid occupancy permit, and collected security deposits and first month’s rent from potential tenants while failing to actually provide them a residence to reside in.

St. Louis County Circuit Court ordered Robert Dees and his companies to pay back $112,764.98 in restitution to consumers and pay $11,276.49 in statutory costs and fees. Robert Dees is also permanently enjoined from engaging in property management services until the monetary judgment is paid in full.

“There is no place in Missouri for those who prey upon consumers, especially consumers simply trying to put a roof over their head,” Hawley said. “My office will aggressively prosecute those who take advantage of others.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michelle Hinkl and investigated by Investigator Tyler Wood. Missourians who believe they may have been victim of a similar fraud are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online.