AG Schmitt Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of St Louis County Contractor for Home Repair Fraud

Apr 15, 2019, 07:53 AM
Apr 15, 2019, 07:49 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Kelly Mullins, 56, pled guilty to fourteen counts including financial exploitation of the elderly, receiving stolen property, and unlawful merchandising practices in St. Louis County.

“Those who try to dupe and defraud our senior citizens are among the lowest in our society. Any attempts to defraud our seniors, in particular, and all Missourians, will be met with the full force of the law,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “My Consumer Protection team and I stand ready to bring justice to those who seek to take advantage of Missourians.”   

In his plea, Mullins admitted that he falsely promised six homeowners that, in exchange for money, he and his company, America’s Choice Construction, would order construction materials and provide remodeling services for the homeowners. Despite being paid, Mr. Mullins failed to provide any work or materials to the multiple homeowners. Mr. Mullins was sentenced to 8 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for his crimes.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Natalie Warner and Felicia Crawford-Randle. Investigative work was done by Investigator Tyler Wood. Consumers who believe they may have been scammed by a contractor should file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer protection hotline at 800-392-8222 or submitting a complaint online.