COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced on Friday that he is seeking restitution for those who were allegedly defrauded by a Gahanna company that sold and repaired electronic gaming systems.
Game Smith and its owner, Michael Spillan, allegedly violated the state’s Consumer Sales Practices Act by taking down payments from consumers and not following through on promised services.
Cordray, who has been cracking down on instances of online fraud committed through the use of the popular online classified advertising website Craigslist, received 14 complaints against the company from people who paid anywhere from $100-$1,130 for products or services that were never delivered.
Cordray is seeking a permanent injunction, consumer damages, civil penalties and costs against the defendants.
On Thursday, Cordray partnered with Craigslist to post on its site a direct link to the Ohio Attorney General’s online consumer complaint form.
“We know that many unscrupulous individuals and businesses seek their victims online, including on Craigslist,” Cordray said.
“We hope that our partnership with Craigslist will be extremely fruitful in identifying and shutting down other operations that break Ohio’s laws and take advantage of our consumers.”
Since the partnership, Cordray’s office has received more than 60 complaints and tips.