Joplin contractor settles allegations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement on Monday with a Joplin contractor resolving allegations of failing to provide tornado victims in Joplin with services for which they paid.
Charles W. Eminger, the owner of Superior Construction, will pay a fine as part of the agreement and is prohibited from doing business until he has obtained all local and state licenses required by law. Eminger is also prohibited from receiving up-front payments from customers unless the payment is for materials or supplies.
"Many Joplin residents rebuilding their homes are finding honest, properly licensed contractors with good reputations," Koster said. "Unfortunately, there are always those who will take advantage of unsuspecting consumers during times of tragedy. I want to assure consumers that this office will go after everyone who engages in this illegal behavior."
As part of the agreement, Eminger is also required to execute a written contract with all future customers and must fully refund pre-paid payments to any customer for whom he fails to complete work.
The settlement with Eminger also addresses allegations that Eminger operated Superior Construction without proper licenses and without having registered the business name with the Secretary of State's office in Missouri.