AG Hawley wins judgment against Kasey Hudson, who must pay more than $107,000 in restitution

A Hannibal man will have to pay more than $107,000 in restitution for defrauding people using his construction business.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment against Chip Masters Construction owner Kasey Hudson of Hannibal, who was charged with three counts of violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act for defrauding nine Missouri consumers. He was ordered to pay $107,964 in restitution.

Hudson entered into agreements with Missouri consumers to provide driveway paving and resurfacing services. Consumers were told he could repave or resurface their driveway with the same quality as a solid surface county-road at a discounted rate.

When the job was complete, Hudson would demand thousands of dollars more than initially quoted in payment, often using intimidation tactics to elicit the money. In one instance, Hudson coerced a consumer to use her vehicle as payment. Days after the work was completed, consumers would discover the quality of their driveways was far below the quality they were promised. In some cases, driveways would be washed away by rainfall or grass would immediately began growing through the asphalt.

“There is no place for unscrupulous business practices in Missouri,” Hawley said. “Those who take advantage of Missouri consumers will be prosecuted.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Jake Aubuchon and John Grantham and investigated by Investigator Chris Caudle. Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online at ago.mo.gov.