N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit alleging fraudulent activities against Champion Fuel and Service Corp., its
owners, David DeSilva Sr. and Patrick Terminello, and DeSilva’s son, David
DeSilva Jr., who managed the company.
to Schneiderman’s office, the defendants conducted a fraudulent, illegal and
deceptive business scheme while operating the Wappingers Falls-based home
heating oil business. Beginning in April 2014, the defendants received
pre-payments for home heating oil and oil burner services, which were
supposed to help consumers through the winter of 2014-15.
The defendants allegedly never provided the services, however, and if they did so, only a fraction of the necessary deliveries occurred. Champion consumers allegedly paid for more than $80,000 in heating oil and oil burner services
that were never actually delivered to them.
office will aggressively pursue unscrupulous businesses that fail to provide
the services consumers have paid for,” Schneiderman said. “Consumers deserve companies that will deliver on the services they’ve promised, not ones that bilk them for their money.”
office seeks nearly $83,000 in restitution for more than 80 consumers. The
company is no longer in business.
the case for the state is Assistant Attorney General Sandra Giorno-Tocco, with
the assistance of consumer protection representative John Katzenstein and intern
Scott Trivella, and investigators Ralph Dorismond and Michael Christian.