Topeka man the first charged under new door-to-door sales law

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Topeka man is the first person charged with a brand-new consumer protection law.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Travis D. Kaiser, 48, was charged with violating a consumer protection order, a law passed by the Kansas Legislature last year.

The criminal case was brought against Kaiser after he was allegedly doing door-to-door sales February of this year, just two months after he was told he could be prosecuted for doing so, Schmidt said.

He was served with that notice because of a civil consent judgment against him in February 2016 in which Kaiser, who was doing business as T's Lawn Service, was found liable for "deceptive or unconscionable acts against Kansas consumers," Schmidt said. At the time, the court barred him from door-to-door sales.

The new law under which Kaiser is being prosecuted gives the attorney general the ability to prosecute someone if they've been banned from selling door-to-door, yet continues to do so.

Kaiser is set to appear in Shawnee Co. District Court on August 3 at 3 p.m.