2017 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt: Topeka man criminally charged under new consumer protection law

Release Date: Jun 19, 2017

TOPEKA – (June 19, 2017) – A Topeka man has been criminally charged with violating a new law that makes it a crime to violate a consumer protection order, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

In February 2016, a civil consent judgment entered under authority of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act was approved in Shawnee County District Court against Travis D. Kaiser, 48, of Topeka, d/b/a T’s Lawn Service. In that consent judgment, Kaiser was found liable for deceptive or unconscionable acts against Kansas consumers. He was enjoined by the court from engaging in any future door-to-door sales in the State of Kansas as defined by law. In December, Kaiser was personally served with a notice of potential criminal liability if he engaged in further door-to-door sales.

In the criminal case recently filed, Kaiser is accused of engaging in a door-to-door sale, in violation of the previous court order, between February 15 and February 17, 2017.

This is the first case charged by the Kansas Attorney General under a new law passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2016, creating the crime of violation of a consumer protection order. That law provides the attorney general authority to charge a person with a crime if that person has been prohibited by a court order from engaging in door-to-door sales, given proper notice, and nonetheless continues to conduct door-to-door sales.

The case is set for a first appearance in Shawnee County District Court on August 3 at 3 p.m. Charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the criminal complaint against Kaiser can be found at http://bit.ly/2rDIuHS

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