Worst Kansas City Contractors of 2010
Steven Koziol Photo courtesy of Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office
Heartland Home Service | Independence, Mo.
One of last year's Worst Kansas City Contractors, Steven Koziol, 51, owner of Heartland Home Service, pleaded guilty in November to one count of felony incest in Jackson County. A judge sentenced him to four years in prison. He still faces a felony theft charge in Johnson County, says Vanessa Riebli of the district attorney's economic crime unit.
That charge involves Angie's List members Katherine and Toan Nguyen of Lenexa, Mo., who paid Koziol $14,000 for a basement remodel he never finished. Koziol, who did not have a contractor's license, is rated F on the List. A notice alerts members to his felony conviction. Koziol also has previous civil judgments against him.
Koziol initially pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual crimes involving the same victim over a 13-year period, court records show. In November, the prosecutor dropped nine counts and Koziol changed his plea on the incest charge. His public defender declined to comment.
Premier Credit Services Inc. | Kansas City, Mo.
In June, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster won a $193,000 judgment against Premier Credit Services, a company that promised to help homeowners modify their mortgage loans and improve credit scores, but never provided any services, according to court documents.
The company's owners, Michael and Angela Eads, had paid nothing as of October, says Chris Roark, attorney general spokeswoman.
Koster's office received 85 complaints from homeowners involving more than $91,000, according to the civil judgment against the company. "The Eadses and Premier Credit knowingly deceived Missourians," Koster says. The Eadses could not be reached for comment, and their attorney declined to comment.
The Eadses did not file an annual report with the Missouri Secretary of State, indicating their company is dissolved. A notice on the company's profile alerts members that it's out of business.
— by Matthew Brady