HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney
General Bruce R. Beemer has announced a settlement worth roughly $95.9 million
with USA Discounters LTD and related companies after allegations that the companies
deceived members of the military and veterans.
USA Discounters, which also does business as USA Living and
Fletcher’s Jewelers, sold consumer goods online, including furniture,
appliances, televisions, computers, smart phones and jewelry. According to
claims, the company sold these items at grossly overpriced rates on credit with
high interest, specifically targeting military members and military veterans.
USA Discounters’ alleged actions violated
Pennsylvania's unfair trade practices and consumer protection law. To settle
claims, the company agreed to a host of actions that will help settle the
balances of allegedly affected consumers. Roughly $1.5 million of the total settlement
amount will go toward 641 Pennsylvania consumers.
Handling the case for Pennsylvania was deputy attorney general
and acting director of the military and veterans affairs Jodi L. Zucco of the
Office of Attorney General's bureau of consumer protection. The case was part of a national case involving 49 other attorneys general.