New accuser for concrete contractor facing felony case

Bob Williams charged with 6 felonies
Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 05:33:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Metro concrete contractor facing six felony counts is now accused of ripping off another woman while his case was pending.  

Bob Williams is accused of three counts each of receiving stolen property and deceptive business practices for taking money up front from three families for jobs, but never doing the work.

During his brief court appearance Friday morning, Linda Platt, who's not involved in the current case, was there to watch.

Platt claims Williams ripped her off too.

She said Williams offered to refinish her basement and have it done by Christmas after he did a small concrete job for her.

But her friend, Dale Eshelman, who's now doing the basement work, said he had to re-do everything Williams did.

"Everything was shoddy, there wasn't anything that was done correctly," Eshelman said.

The 41 Action News Investigators have been following complaints about Williams since October 2015.

Gail Yaw, Sean Daugherty, Doug Southern and Mickie Turner have all made similar claims to 41 Action News about Williams ripping them off.

Yaw's complaint about Williams taking money to do concrete work in her basement but never doing any work or returning the money is part of the current case against Williams.

The 41 Action News Investigators have followed Williams appearances in court since he was charged with the felonies.

We were there in September, November and December for Williams' appearances.

On Dec. 1, Williams sent a text to Platt telling her he wouldn't be in to work on her basement until noon.

The reason he gave was "I completely forgot, I have my OSHA test this morning".

But Williams was in court that morning.

After that court appearance, Williams went to Platt's home with a list of supplies he needed for the basement job and a price.

Platt wrote him a check for more than $2,500 that afternoon.

"I never got the money back, nor did I get the product," Platt said.

At Williams' court appearance Friday morning, it was noted the lead attorney in the case for the Missouri Attorney General is facing a family health issue.

So another hearing was set for April as a result.

At that time, it will be decided if a plea deal has been reached or the case needs to be scheduled for trial.

Following the brief hearing, the 41 Action News Investigators caught up with Williams and his attorney Eric Roby outside the courthouse.

"At this point in time, there's no plea deal or anything at this moment, ok," Roby said.

When asked if he was trying to keep Williams out of prison, Roby said, "No comment".

At the end of Friday morning's hearing, Judge Jalilah Otto told Williams, Roby and Assistant Attorney General Lynn Stoppy if the case goes to trial, it might be next year before that trial would start.