JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Camden County resident has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after being found guilty of violating two counts of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, one count of attempted identity theft, and one count of attempted stealing by deceit. He was found guilty of all four counts in July.

According to a release from the office of Josh Hawley, Missouri’s Attorney General, Jeffery Kowalski sent fake invoices – which included threats of adverse credit ratings and lawsuits – to over 70 people in Missouri. He also sent requests for W-9 forms and sent fake 1099 forms to several people alleging that his company, StarProse, paid income to them – all in attempt to unlawfully obtain their personal information. State legislators and local school officials were among those receiving threats.

Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online through the Attorney General Office’s webpage.