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Contractor sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud

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A southwest Missouri contractor was sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding customers.

Timothy Mundy was ordered to spend eight years in prison for one count of financial exploitation of the elderly and another four years for two counts of deceptive business practices, according to a news release from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office.

Mundy was found guilty in November 2019 by a Polk County jury of fraud against elderly residents. Mundy took thousands of dollars for work he did not perform.

“Those who seek to defraud and harm Missouri consumers, especially our elderly and disabled, need to be held accountable for their actions,” Schmitt said in the release.

Mundy has done business under several companies names, including Lealta Construction Services LLC and TSA Construction Solutions LLC. Both businesses’ charters are still active with the Missouri secretary of state.

Mundy also used aliases, such as Lee Foreman, Tim Lee and Lee Torrone, according to the release.

Former Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, now a U.S. senator, in 2017 obtained a $643,704 judgment against Mundy for defrauding clients in Springfield, Branson and other cities statewide. He was barred from continuing to do business in the construction industry at that time, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

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