A New Jersey man has been permanently banned from doing business here in Kansas, after falsely billing several Kansas school districts for textbooks. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Robert Armstrong, of Franklinville, N.J., is permanently enjoined from doing business in the State of Kansas , including but not limited to submitting any claims for approval, engaging in consumer transactions, and engaging in door-to-door sales… after violating the Kansas Charitable Organizations Act. The consent judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by Schmidt in 2015, after Armstrong was recently released from federal prison, allowing Kansas to resume its civil case against Armstrong. An investigation by the attorney general’s consumer protection division stemmed from multiple complaints received from school districts across Kansas that received false invoices from Armstrong’s business, Scholastic School Supply. None of the 317 Kansas public schools that received the invoices had actually ordered textbooks from the company. At the time the invoices were being sent to Kansas, Schmidt’s office worked with the Kansas Department of Education to notify school districts statewide of the problem before they paid the invoices. Neither Armstrong nor his business are affiliated with Scholastic Inc., the well-known children’s book publisher.
Source: VNC News