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Arizona settles with company that allegedly targeted local businesses in fraud scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 1, 2017

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PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced July 27 that Mandatory Poster Agency Inc. and its owners will pay $175,000 in restitution to Arizona businesses after allegations it sent government “Annual Minutes" lookalike mailers.

“Every Arizona business who responded to the mailer will have the opportunity to receive a full refund,” Brnovich said. “Scamming businesses with phony government lookalike notices is unacceptable. These types of scam mailers will not be tolerated in Arizona, and our office will take aggressive legal action to stop them.”

The defendants, based in Michigan and operating in Arizona under the unregistered trade name “Corporate Records Service,” allegedly sent close to 65,000 deceptive solicitations to Arizona businesses in 2013, instructing that each business fulfill its “annual minutes requirement” by paying $125. About 1,700 businesses responded.

Handling the case for Arizona were assistant attorneys general Beau Roysden and Mitchell Allee. Refunds will be sent out shortly to affected businesses.

Brnovich’s office noted that the Arizona Corporation Commission does actually have an “annual report” requirement for business in the state and they can be contacted for a copy.

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