2018 News Releases

Pawnee County contractor ordered to repay $14,000 to consumers

Release Date: Oct 10, 2018

TOPEKA – (October 10, 2018) – A Pawnee County contractor has been ordered to repay more than $14,000 to Kansas consumers after being accused of violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

In separate court judgments in Ellis and Rush counties, Robert W. Blecha, of Garfield, was ordered to pay a total of $14,770.95 in restitution to Kansas consumers. The judgments also require Blecha to reimburse the attorney general’s office for the costs of its investigation. District Judge Blake A. Bittel and Chief District Judge Bruce Gatterman recently approved the consent judgments in Ellis and Rush counties, respectively.

Schmidt had accused Blecha of contracting with consumers to construct buildings, accepting payment but not completing the work.

Schmidt reminded consumers when working with contractors to seek multiple bids and to be especially cautious when contractors demand payment upfront for work.

Copies of the consent judgments are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.

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