Missouri’s attorney general files lawsuit against construction contractor in Camden, Phelps Counties

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 10:52 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday Carlton J. Curtis of Licking, Mo., faces a charge of violating Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act in Camden, Lincoln, and Phelps Counties.

In each county, Curtis is charged by complaint with one class E felony of deceptive business practices.

Investigators say the charges stem from Curtis’s activities as owner of Curtis All Steel Buildings, a construction company. The charges in each county allege Curtis accepted thousands of dollars in advance payments from consumers for the construction of metal outbuildings. Investigators say Curtis failed to construct the buildings or refund the consumers’ money.

Consumers claim to have lost approximately $16,750: $2,450 in Camden County, $10,000 in Lincoln County, and $4,300 in Phelps County.

Missourians who believe they may have been victims of a construction scam are encouraged to file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 392-8222 or submitting a complaint online at

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