AG McGraw shuts down site, sues spa

John O'Brien Apr. 3, 2007, 3:00pm


CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has shut down an Internet site that promises television programming for a monthly fee, citing several complaints from his Consumer Protection Division.

On Monday, McGraw said Bridgeport-based would not respond to or resolve customer complaints. The site charged $12.95 monthly for TV programming, requiring consumers to sign up for a six-month period.

Some consumers complained to McGraw that the channels they received were not the ones advertised, while others claimed they could not access the service at all.

"Offers of premium cable channels via the Internet for well below market prices are just too good to be true," McGraw said.

Also on Monday, McGraw announced that he is suing Vincent's Athletic Club and owner David Vincent for operating without a business license.

All health spas must register with McGraw's office and provide it with copies of their current business registration certificates. Those spas that have been in business less than three years must post a $50,000 surety bond.

Vincent's Athletic Club is located in Oak Hill. McGraw said he sent Vincent seven letters requesting registration of the business.

"It is simply outrageous that this business would not follow simple rules and that these litigious actions must be taken," McGraw said.

McGraw is requesting that Vincent be prohibited from operating his business until he obtains the proper license and complies with the Health Spa Rule.

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