Late last week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Circuit Court of Shelby County granted his emergency request for a temporary restraining order against Legend Windows LLC. The order also applies to individuals affiliated with the business, Jody Ray Whitworth, Bobby Ray Whitworth, and Robin Simmons Willard, who are alleged to have violated Alabama’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).

The State’s complaint alleges 42 violations of the DTPA, referencing over 40 known victims across Alabama. The filing further alleges that the defendants owe their victims a total of $181,042.80 in damages and that Jody Whitworth was using customers’ money to make personal purchases instead of providing the products and services the business advertised.

Shelby County Circuit Judge William H. Bostick III signed the temporary restraining order, which includes an asset freeze, Friday morning. A preliminary injunction hearing is set for July 8, 2024.

“Legend Windows and the Whitworths have run this scam for far too long, preying on their customer base, and it’s time that they are held accountable for their crimes,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The Defendants have a track record of property theft and have shown no remorse for their fraudulent actions by perpetuating their transgressions over and over.”

According to the Attorney General’s office, Legend Windows’ bank account was used to make over 1,100 purchases from Amazon, totaling nearly $50,000, between September 2022 and March 2024. During that same time, the business allegedly also made more than $20,000 in purchases from numerous retailers, including Temu, Etsy, JC Penney, TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, Scentsy, Plato’s Closet, Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Burlington.

A temporary restraining order stops the defendants from operating while the court reviews the matter and considers the Attorney General’s requests for an order granting restitution to the victims, the imposition of civil penalties, the permanent closure of Legend Windows LLC, and an injunction permanently prohibiting the individual defendants from operating in the general contracting industry in Alabama.

The Attorney General also believes there are additional victims throughout Alabama and has set up an online survey where victims who have yet to be identified can inform him of their claims. The survey can be found on the Attorney General’s website.

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