Second Pinellas County scam targeting Florida corporate filings emerges : Update(Al Dia)

Second Pinellas County scam targeting Florida corporate filings emerges

by CDoris Rodriguez on 08/14/15

Second Pinellas County scam targeting Florida corporate filings emerges

Margie ManningPrint EditorTampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Bay Business Journal | 2015-08-11T06:55:00-04:00

A Tallahassee judge has issued a temporary injunction against three Pinellas County companies accused of defrauding Florida businesses.

The Leon County Circuit Court judge also froze the assets of the three companies — United Business Services Inc., United Certificate Services Inc. and Corporate Filing Services of Florida.

Jeremy Bauer and Travis Smith, who both have Clearwater addresses, used the companies to operate three scams, according to a statement from Attorney General Pam Bondi. The companies are accused of selling free government-issued materials, overcharging for optional business certificates and misleading business owners into paying for unnecessary annual minutes, the statement said.

Last week, Connecticut’s Commissioner of Consumer Protection issued a warning against a St. Petersburg company, Division of Corporate Services, which officials said was behind a nationwide campaign to trick business owners into paying for unnecessary and meaningless corporate services.

There’s no immediate indication whether the two cases are linked.

Bondi’s office is still gathering information about the actions of United Business Services, United Certificate Services and Corporate Filing Services of Florida. Anyone who believes they were a victim of these scams or any other unfair or deceptive trade practices is asked to call (866) 9NO-SCAM.

 

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