Mundy entered into contracts to provide home construction services and demanded large upfront payments for materials. However, he would spend the upfront payments on personal expenses. When funds ran dry, Mundy would ask the homeowners for more money telling them that the project had run into unforeseen expenses, all while doing little to no actual work. When consumers finally demanded Mundy complete the work they had paid him to do, he would disappear and move on to his next target. In the few instances Mundy actually completed some tasks, the quality of the work was so poor it had to be redone. Mundy intentionally targeted consumers who were elderly, legal immigrants, or were experiencing hardship, knowing that these consumers would be more trusting and easier to exploit.
In addition, Mundy actively took steps to conceal his past actions from future victims. He frequently created new LLC’s and used aliases including: “Lee Foreman,” “Lee Tironne,” and “Tim Torrone” to attempt to hide his identity from consumers who might search for him online. He also targeted consumers across Missouri to avoid negative word-of-mouth, including residents of Springfield, Branson, Sedalia, Pilot Grove, Lincoln, and Versailles.
The Greene County Circuit Court ordered Mundy to pay back all $194,012.34 he took from consumers, pay for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case, and pay $332,000 in penalties and punitive damages. Mundy has also been banned from the construction industry for life.
“My office will aggressively pursue deceitful and dishonest contractors who cheat consumers and destroy their assets,” Hawley said. “There is no place for those who prey upon consumers in Missouri.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Caleb Aponte and Bob Carlson 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.