Florida AG Puts The Heat on A/C Company

posted by Alan McBride - 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office reported Monday that it's taking action against a Palm Beach County sales and marketing company and its owners.

They are alleged to have made false promises to customers buying air conditioning units. 

According to a release from Pam Bondi's office, Complete Eco Home Services and its owners allegedly induced customers, often targeting the elderly and low-income consumers, to purchase air conditioning units at no cost or for minimal monthly installment payments. 

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking refunds for Florida consumers of more than $200,000.

The complaint states that the business falsely represented their air conditioning units to be more energy efficient, with the potential for consumers' utility bills to be substantially lower. 

In some circumstances, the AG's office says the defendants allegedly promised customers air conditioning units at no cost and then assisted or personally filled out loan applications for the amounts of the units. 

Pam Bondi's office says the victims believed the applications to be authorizations for the promised free units, not actual loan applications. 

According to the complaint, during sales presentations, the business also falsely stated that it has special relationships with various government agencies and utility companies that would result in free or substantially reduced air conditioning units.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office is seeking to permanently block Complete Eco Home Services from engaging in any business in Florida involving the marketing, sale, financing and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and services. 

The action also seeks full restitution to consumers affected by the company’s deceptive and unfair trade practices.

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