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Update on potential scams in mid-Missouri

ABC 17 News is following up on three men accused of ripping off their customers across mid-Missouri.

In Special Reports, ABC 17 News has told viewers about alleged problems with CoMo Entertainment, a Cole County builder and most recently a Columbia gun shop.

“We’re taking care of these people,” CoMo Entertainment owner Ben Bradley told ABC 17 News in October of 2014. “We’re sending them certified funds, we’re sending them cashier’s checks.”

That was after two brides claim they paid for a party bus that no showed on their wedding day and hadn’t gotten their money back.

The story led to an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

Earlier this year, Bradley pleaded guilty to charges of passing bad checks for amounts over $500.

He is set to be sentenced on Monday.

“There’s no scam, there’s never going to be,” said Cole County builder Ken Jinson back in May.

ABC 17 News asked him about two customers who paid him for construction work that didn’t get done, and the parts that did get done, the customers said was sub par work.

Jinson was arrested hours after being confronted by ABC 17 News on an outstanding warrant. He’s set to make a court appearance next week.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office said it has received three formal complaints about Jinson since our story aired.

“We had two people who slipped through the cracks and I apologize and I will get them taken care of,” said ZK Guns owner Zach Kean on Monday.

Customers accused Kean of taking money up front to order firearms and not delivering. Some of those customers include police officers, firefighters and military veterans.

Since that story aired, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has received three formal complaints against Kean.

The Better Business Bureau and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office encourages anyone who feels they may have been wronged or ripped off by any business to file a complaint with their offices.

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