JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a judgment on Thursday against a log home building company and its past president that will require the defendants to pay restitution to customers.
Heartwood Log Homes Inc. and Gary Myers, its past president, must jointly pay four consumers more than $445,000 in restitution. If Myers and Heartwood Log Homes Inc. violate the order, they will be required to pay $15,000 for enforcement and court costs and $10,000 in civil penalties. The judgment was entered by Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr.
The order prohibits Heartwood Log Homes Inc. and Myers from representing to consumers that money paid by them will be used for particular purposes if it will not actually be used for those purposes. They are also prohibited from representing that a consumer's house was built in accordance with particular plans and specifications when it was not and from representing to consumers that construction materials ordered by a consumer are in possession of Myers and Heartwood Log Homes Inc. when they are not.
"A home is one of the most important investments anyone will make in his or her life," Koster said. "Heartwood Log Homes and Gary Myers promised what they knew they would not deliver, and it is time for them to return these consumers' money."