DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced a permanent injunction on Friday against a Johnson County contractor who allegedly violated consumer fraud laws.
Polk County District Judge Eliza Ovrom issued the permanent injunction against Clay Lowell Willie after Miller alleged Willie engaged in deceptive acts and unfair business practices related to contracting work. Ovrom also ordered Willie to reimburse four consumers more than $12,000.
Willie allegedly accepted payments and failed to deliver materials and services, failed to meet appropriate standards and building codes, failed to issue refunds, and caused physical damage to consumers' residences due to abandoned projects. Willie allegedly altered his name and changed business names in person and in advertisements to keep consumers from checking his background or locating him when he failed to perform work.
Willie also allegedly failed to register with the state as a contractor, failed to register his business names as trade names with county recorders, failed to incorporate his business and failed to register with the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.
Miller's Consumer Protection Division alleged that Willie repeatedly violated Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act and Door-to-Door Sales Act.
Under the terms of the consent judgment, Willie is subject to contempt charges and civil penalties of up to $5,000 per day if he violates the order.