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Defendants were in the business of offering work at home programs, self-employment guides, job placement, and other employment opportunities to consumers. Consumers purchased these services from Defendants, and Defendants failed to deliver the goods and services purchased and refused to refund the amounts paid to them when requested by consumers. It is a violation of the CSPA for a supplier to: 1) accept money from consumers for goods or services and then allow eight weeks to elapse without making delivery of the goods or services purchased, making a full refund, or furnishing similar goods or services of equal or greater value; 2) represent to consumers that a product or service has performance characteristics or benefits that it does not have, including but not limited to, false statements of guaranteed employment upon purchase of goods or services; and 3) make deceptive statements, testimonials, and offers in printed advertisements to mislead consumers in the purchase of goods or services including work at home programs, self-employment guides, and other employment opportunities and/or materials, including printing false testimonials, promising immediate placement in a paying position, and overstating the number of individuals they have helped find legitimate work at home jobs in printed advertisements. It is an unconscionable act in violation of the CSPA to make unconscionable statements in printed materials for the purpose of deterring consumers from asserting basic rights held by all consumers in the State of Ohio by issuing a printed flyer that contains deceptive, misleading, and/or unconscionable statements. Defendants ordered to pay $35,950.12 in consumer restitution, $50,000.00 in civil penalties ($30,000.00 suspended), and $5,000.00 in investigative costs.
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