A Kansas City area home improvement and repair contractor has been charged by the State of Missouri Attorney General with consumer fraud.
Monday Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced, through joint efforts with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Meagher, proprietor of “Metro Restoration,” has been arrested on charges of consumer fraud charges in Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties.
The charges allege that Meagher falsely promised consumers that he would provide home repair services in exchange for up-front payment. Three victims of this fraud were elderly. Furthermore, the charges allege that Meagher forged the endorsements of consumers’ respective banks on insurance checks to more quickly access the funds with no oversight from the consumers’ mortgage holders.
According to online court records Meagher has been charged with eight counts of class E felony deceptive business practices, two counts of Class D felony forgery, one class D felony count of possessing a forgery instrument, and three counts of class D felony financial exploitation of an elder or disabled person
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Marshals to find Meagher, who ran to California, and extradite him to Missouri.
Meagher was due in court for preliminary hearing today (Tuesday) at 9 A.M. A bond hearing has been set for June 3 at 1:30 P.M.