By Jeff Lehr
The Missouri attorney general announced Friday that the state had obtained a court order requiring an Oklahoma contractor to pay restitution to any Joplin residents on whose tornado-damaged homes he has failed to complete repairs.
The order was obtained with respect to William Pittman, of Owasso, Okla., who has been operating in Joplin under the business names of Precision Contracting and Roofing, and CWRP LLC.
Attorney General Chris Koster said in a news release that Pittman accepted payment from Joplin residents to repair their homes but failed to complete the work.
“The attorney general’s office takes very seriously the work to rebuild Joplin,” Koster said. “We will continue to prosecute anyone who tries to take advantage of our citizens.”
He said that under terms of a court settlement with the contractor, Pittman must pay $4,500 in restitution to Joplin residents known to have been harmed, as well as a $2,000 penalty. Koster said Pittman also will be held accountable for any other consumers who file a complaint within the next 60 days and can provide documentation of a loss suffered at the hands of the defendant.
The court order also requires the contractor to comply with Missouri consumer laws and all state and local business registration and licensing requirements, the attorney general’s office said.
Anyone who paid money to Pittman, Precision Contracting and Roofing, or CWRP and have not been provided goods or services may call the attorney general’s consumer hot line at 1-800-392-8222, or go online to ago.mo.gov and file a complaint.