Pennsylvania Attorney General Fisher Granted Injunction to Halt Alleged Internet Fraud Scam.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General Mike Fisher today announced that he has filed suit and obtained a preliminary injunction A temporary order made by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclusion of a trial on the merits.
A preliminary injunction is regarded as extraordinary relief. against a Clinton County-based business and its operators for allegedly offering high-priced items for sale over the Internet and then pocketing thousands of dollars from consumers without delivering the items purchased.
Fisher said the lawsuit and preliminary injunction was filed against Craig Alan Levi -- who is also known as Todd Roberts, Jack Lambert Jack Lambert may refer to:
Fisher identified the other defendants as:
-- Becky Ann Levi, P.O. Box 139, Campground Rd., McElhatton, Clinton
-- Frank Nickens, 16 Pine Grove Rd., Williamsport, Lycoming County.
-- Penn Central Brokering, Inc., owned by Craig Alan Levi and principally
located at P.O. Box 139, Campground Rd., McElhatton, Clinton County.
"The court order prohibits the defendants from conducting business, destroying documents or records and transferring assets from their bank accounts," Fisher said. "We're also seeking civil penalties and full restitution for more than a dozen consumers who each lost between $450 and $9,000 in this alleged Internet scam."
According to investigators, the defendants from April through July 1999 searched Internet auction sites, including eBay, to identify interested buyers or buyers who submitted unsuccessful bids for certain items. The defendants then allegedly contacted the buyers via e-mail to offer the same or similar item for sale at a negotiated price. The suit claims that the defendants agreed to ship the item upon receipt of payment in full either by electronic money transfers or certified check A written order made by a depositor to a bank to pay a certain sum to the person designated—the payee—which is marked by the bank as
"accepted" or "certified," thereby unconditionally promising that the bank will pay the order upon its or money orders.
"My office is aware of at least 13 consumers who claimed that the defendants took their money and never delivered the goods," Fisher said. "When consumers contacted the defendants to inquire about their purchases, the defendants, in every case, blamed the shipper or postal service for delays or errors."
According to the suit, consumers from Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. and Canada lost thousands of dollars attempting to purchase Beanie bean·ie
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On August 10, Fisher said, agents from his office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is the state police force of Pennsylvania, responsible for statewide law enforcement. It was founded in 1905 by order of Governor Samuel Pennypacker, in response to the private police forces used by mine and mill owners to stop worker strikes executed a search warrant at the home of Craig Alan Levi and Becky Ann Levi. Officials seized records, documents and computer equipment allegedly used to conduct direct Internet sales to consumers.
The suit asks the court to order the defendants to:
-- pay full restitution to consumers who can prove a loss due to
defendants alleged illegal business practices.
-- pay civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and $3,000 for each
violation involving a person age 60 or older.
-- pay the Commonwealth's costs of investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Barry Creany of Fisher's Bureau of Consumer Protection. A hearing on the preliminary injunction petition will be held Friday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. before Clinton County Court of Common Pleas COURT OF COMMON PLEAS. The name of an English court which was established on the breaking up of the aula regis, for the determination of pleas merely civil. It was at first ambulatory, but was afterwards located. Judge J. Michael Williamson.