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AG Schmitt Announces Conviction of St. Charles Construction Scammer

Aug 12, 2019, 15:23 PM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the conviction and sentencing of a St. Charles contractor who scammed residents out of thousands. Matthew Chapman pled guilty in May to four counts of unlawful merchandising practices in St. Charles County. Today, Chapman was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, with that sentence being suspended and Chapman placed on five years of supervised probation. Chapman will have to repay over $33,000 in restitution to four St. Charles couples, complete 40 hours of community service, and write letters of apology to his victims.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the conviction and sentencing of a St. Charles contractor who scammed residents out of thousands. Matthew Chapman pled guilty in May to four counts of unlawful merchandising practices in St. Charles County. Today, Chapman was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, with that sentence being suspended and Chapman placed on five years of supervised probation. Chapman will have to repay over $33,000 in restitution to four St. Charles couples, complete 40 hours of community service, and write letters of apology to his victims.

In 2017, Chapman contracted with the four couples to deliver kitchen cabinetry. One of the victimized families had paid Chapman for accessible cabinetry that would allow their disabled daughter to prepare her own food from her wheelchair. Instead, Chapman performed no work and disappeared with all four couples’ money.

“Protecting Missouri consumers is one of my most important duties as Attorney General, and a duty I take seriously. Scamming individuals – particularly those trying to make their house more accessible to their disabled daughter – is illegal and unacceptable. When we find that contractors or other bad actors are taking advantage of Missourians, we will take action,” said Schmitt.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michelle Hinkl. 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 at ago.mo.gov.