Indiana AG settles with sports memorabilia store owner

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 13, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced an $8,550 settlement Wednesday with a Carmel-based sports memorabilia store that allegedly failed to deliver merchandise to customers.

Brett Lemieux, doing business as Ultimate Athlete Ink and Ultimate Sports Connection, allegedly charged customers between $13 and $450 for memorabilia items. Zoeller's office received 13 complaints about Lemieux. The consumers alleged they paid for their items online and did not receive them. The store also allegedly failed to let consumers redeem their gift cards.

"The attorney general's office is committed to protecting Hoosiers from deceptive business practices and this agreement is just one example of how consumers can obtain restitution without having to seek and pay for private legal action," Zoeller said.

In one instance, a customer bought a Reggie Wayne autographed photo via Lemieux's website for $78.99, but he allegedly never received the item or a refund. In another instance, a customer spent $268.75 on a Peyton Manning autographed photo and jersey, but he allegedly never received the items or a refund.

Five of the complainants alleged they bought a total of $535 worth of gift cards for the store valued at $950. The customers alleged they were unable to redeem the gift cards or obtain a refund.

The $8,550 settlement will pay full customer restitution, attorney costs and civil penalties.

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