Fradulent contractor faces more charges in Jackson, Cass counties

Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 17:35:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A contractor who ripped off people in four counties will stay out of prison as long as he pays restitution to his victims, but he still faces more charges in two counties.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Friday that his office will prosecute Bob Williams, 47, in three other pending cases in Cass and Jackson counties.

“My office will not idly standby while fraudulent contractors take advantage of Missouri homeowners,” Hawley said in a news release. “I will do whatever it takes to ensure that those who abuse the trust of Missourians are brought justice.” 

In his guilty pleas in Johnson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties, Williams admitted that he falsely promised homeowners he and his company, Xtreme Concrete and Outdoor Design, would perform concrete and other construction services in exchange for upfront payment.

Despite being paid, Williams failed to provide any work or materials to the homeowners.

Judges sentenced Williams to three years in prison in both Johnson and Clay counties and four years in Platte County.

But his prison sentences will be suspended as long as he makes full restitution to his victims. Williams is required to pay $39,300 to the victims as part of his sentences in those cases.

He will also be on probation for five years.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced in Cass County later this month on a single charge of deceptive business practice.

He's also pleaded not guilty in two pending cases in Jackson County.

In the first case, Williams faces three counts of receiving stolen property and three counts of deceptive business practice. That case is scheduled for trial in December.

In the second Jackson County case, Williams is charged with five counts of deceptive business practice. The trial for that case is scheduled for next February.

Hawley said his office is pursuing restitution for nine other victims in the pending cases in Cass and Jackson counties. 

It's unclear if Williams is still operating his business or working as a contractor.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Steven Reed and Jacob Aubuchon.

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.