Owner of Oklahoma tornado shelter company charged with embezzlement – KOKH FOX25

Posted: May 5, 2017 at 11:45 am


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The owner of Tornado King Shelters has been charged with seven counts of embezzlement. (KOKH/FILE)

The owner of an Oklahoma tornado shelter company has been charged with seven counts of embezzlement.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced May 1 that William Stephens, owner of Tornado King Shelters, has been charged with seven felony counts of embezzlement.

Hunter reports that the Consumer Protection Unit received multiple complaints of alleged fraud against Tornado King Shelters, sparking an investigation. The investigation alleges that on multiple occasions Tornado King received full or partial payment for work that was never completed. Victims were then unable to contact Stephens.

Stephens faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 per count in fines and restitution.

FOX 25 Consumer Watch first reported on Tornado King Shelters in December 2016 after an Oklahoma family claimed the company was paid to build a special shelter at their home and didn’t follow through. The couple was later surprised with a free tornado shelter.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has three main tips for people considering hiring a contractor:

If a consumer has a complaint about a company, they can report it to the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit here.

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