Former handyman shop faces charges | Wyoming
CHEYENNE (WNE) – A former Cheyenne craft store is being sued by the Wyoming Attorney General for alleged violating the Wyoming Consumer Code that cost numerous customers thousands of dollars.
Grandpa’s Shop LLC, owned by Luke Christensen and operating from September 12, 2012 through November 9, 2018, allegedly “engaged in a pattern of unfair and misleading trade practices against residents of Wyoming Residential Services through transactions for contractors / craftsmen”, read the lawsuit filed in Laramie District Court on November 22nd.
The case accuses the shop of misrepresenting sponsorship or approval, misrepresenting standard or class, misrepresenting warranties and unfair acts or practices.
The lawsuit has a maximum fine of $ 10,000 for any violation of the Wyoming Consumer Protection Act and $ 15,000 for any violation if a victim is over 60 years of age. The lawsuit also seeks damages totaling $ 83,495 for the money allegedly wrongly stolen from consumers.
According to court records:
The store advertised Wyoming homeowners with handyman services, general repair, home renovation, and more. Some of these services required licenses and permits from local authorities, such as a general contractor license from the City of Cheyenne.
The city revoked the deal’s contractual license for both the business and Christensen in July 2017. Despite this action, the shop continued to advertise and sell contract services to customers.
The store also took money from individuals for contracting or other household services and did not start work on the houses as promised. The store would also function in consumer households without proper authorization.