Johnson County DA sues repair shop owner after complaints
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Johnson County’s district attorney is suing a repair shop owner after multiple consumer complaints alleging that their cars were stripped rather than fixed.
The Kansas City Star reports that Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe has filed a lawsuit against Fred Goebel and his business, Showroom Carstar LLC. The county’s case comes after two similar lawsuits against Goebel and related complaints on social media.
The county’s lawsuit says Goebel is believed to be living in Florida and has left behind more than $111,000 in paid-for but unfinished work, as well as vehicles missing parts. The lawsuit says Goebel still hasn’t returned a customer’s car.
Goebel says he’s unaware of the county’s lawsuit.
Records show that Goebel and his business faced financial issues, including tax liens exceeding $17,000 in 2015 and 2016.