A water-softener salesman who took people’s money and left them with hard water won’t have to do hard time, the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office announced Friday.
Jeffrey Thrush will serve a year of probation after pleading guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor counts of theft and deceptive commercial practices, said district attorney’s office spokesman Dan Dillon.
Thrush owned a company called Pure Water Solutions that sold water-softening equipment and services. Softening water removes mineral content from tap water that causes lime-scale buildup on plumbing fixtures and shower doors, and reduces the effectiveness of soap and detergents.
After his company went out of business, Thrush continued to take some of the customers’ money, but didn’t provide the water-softening services he promised, Dillon said. In some cases, he would take their water softener, ostensibly for repair, and then never bring it back, Dillon said.
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Secretary of state records show Thrush was the sole owner of Pure Water Solutions, which was started in 2009 and forfeited its business registration in 2011.
As part of a plea bargain to avoid jail time, Thrush will have to pay the bilked customers $6,000 in restitution. While on probation, he’ll be barred from working as an independent salesman or working in the water-softening industry without direct supervision.
If he violates probation, Thrush will face a possible 13 months in prison, Dillon said.
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