Texas Man, Business Banned From Doing Business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (May 14, 2021) – A Texas man and his custom grain wagon company have been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and $20,000 in penalties for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Cody Ruddick, of LaVernia, Texas, doing business as 4R Custom Grain Wagons, previously in Hutchinson, Kansas, was permanently banned from doing business in Kansas. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Christopher yesterday approved a default judgment in Shawnee County District Court after Ruddick failed to respond to a lawsuit the attorney general filed against him. Ruddick was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to a consumer in Morris County. Ruddick was also fined $20,000 in civil penalties and ordered to pay the costs of the attorney general’s investigation.

Ruddick was accused of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by failing to provide goods to the consumer after being paid.

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More tips on staying safe from consumer fraud are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org. A copy of the default judgment is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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