North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper received a temporary injunction on Wednesday against a North Carolina company selling off-road vehicles to prevent it from doing business following consumer complaints that they did not get what they paid for.

Superior Court Judge James E. Hardin Jr. temporarily barred Barry T. Moose Jr. of Statesville and his company, Mooser Moto LLC, from advertising, selling or collecting payments. Moose and his company, also known as Riders Wholesale, are also prohibited from destroying any records or transferring any funds while the case moves forward. Cooper is seeking a permanent court order and fines to cover refunds for consumers and court costs.

According to a lawsuit filed in August by the attorney general, Riders Wholesale offered all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, scooters, go-carts and mopeds for sale online. Money was allegedly collected upfront for either the full purchase price of the item or a substantial deposit, but the items were not delivered as promised.

Approximately 140 consumers have filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division about Riders Wholesale to date.

“Taking money upfront and then stringing consumers along with empty promises is no way for a business to operate,” Cooper said.

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