LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday criminal charges against the owner of a Lee's Summit piano consignment store and subject of previous Call for Action reports.
Jack Piersee, owner of Piersee Piano and Organ, is accused of two counts of felony stealing and nine counts of felony deception and unlawful business practices. The charges are filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Piersee entered into agreements with customers to sell pianos and organs in exchange for a commission. Call for Action received complaints from customers who were unable to collect from Piersee or get their instrument back.
Customer Sam Shelley contacted Call for Action after he was unable to reach Piersee who agreed to try to sell Shelley's organ for $5,000. When contacted by CFA, Piersee promised to resolve the matter. That never happened.
"I think it probably won't happen, but we'll wait and see," Shelley said in April.
"The defendent lied to his customers, falsely assuring them that he had mailed payment for the sale of their instruments. Instead, he pocketed thousands of dollars from the sales and closed his doors without notice," Koster said in a release Monday.
Piersee faces fines and up to 15 years in prison on the stealing charges and up to four years on each of the remaining nine counts of deception and merchandising practices.