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Hannibal contractor accused of scamming senior citizens

Harrison County, Mo. (WGEM) - A Hannibal asphalt contractor is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly scamming two senior citizens in Harrison County, Missouri.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office says Kevin Rickey, Sr. was recently charged with two counts of unlawful merchandising practices and two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly. Rickey is accused of misrepresenting himself to get senior citizens to hire him before demanding payments that were much than the work was worth.

The Attorney General's Office is assisting Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer in the case.

Attorney General Chris Koster alleges Rickey used "high pressure tactics" to get the victims to pay for services. Examples mentioned included starting a job before the victim agreed and not finishing the job after being hired. Koster says Rickey also demanded more money than agreed upon after completing work. The victims claim it was very difficult to reach Rickey afterwards.

"With the arrival of warmer weather, we often begin to see driveway paving scams," Koster said in a release. "Our immediate priority is to protect consumers by taking suspected scam artists off the market."

Rickey faces up to 38 years in prison on the four felony charges.
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