Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman Settles Lawsuit Against Electronics Repair Company Charging for Repairs Not Completed
Company’s Sales Manager is Reporting to Jail in December for Contempt of Court
DENVER- Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that, pursuant to a settlement, Defendants County Line Vacuum & Appliance d.b.a. AAAA Television Electronics Vacuum & Appliance (“AAAA TEVA”), owner Muhammed Murib, and sales manager Omar Murib, are permanently prohibited from performing electronics repairs. Additionally, the settlement requires the Muribs to pay $400,000 to the State and surrender three company vans worth approximately $90,000.
“The defendants took advantage of innocent consumers and defrauded them out of thousands of dollars for services that were never performed,” said Attorney General Coffman. “My office has no tolerance for companies who steal people’s hard-earned money. These bad actors are permanently banned from the electronics repair business and Colorado consumers are safer as a result.”
According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, the Muribs charged consumers for repairs they had not actually performed, and never repaired a television in a consumer’s home despite advertising themselves as providing “in-home” television repair. Instead, Defendants sent untrained employees, incapable of making repairs, into consumers’ homes and instructed them to bring the consumers’ televisions back to their shop. The Attorney General further alleged that once Defendants had consumers’ televisions, or other electronic items, in their shop, they falsely claimed that extensive repairs were necessary and charged exorbitant prices, often for repairs that never occurred.
In addition to permanently prohibiting the Muribs from engaging in any further electronics repair, the court-approved settlement makes the Muribs subject to future undercover compliance monitoring of their electronics retail store, as Defendant Omar Murib had already violated an earlier court order in the case preliminarily prohibiting him from engaging in electronic repairs.
On September 6, 2016, Defendant Omar Murib pled guilty to contempt and will serve a 15-day sentence in the Arapahoe County Jail starting December 1, 2016.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, you can file a report here or call 1-800-222-4444. Reports can be filed anonymously and may also be filed in Spanish.
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DateSeptember 29th, 2016