MONTPELIER – The Vermont Attorney General has announced a settlement with a Florida company who was sending misleading emails in an attempt to gain payments from Vermont businesses.
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Centurion Filing Services was sending requests for payments in exchange for them providing a false "Certificate of Good Standing," for each business it contacted. The invoices replicated an official document from the state of Vermont.
The settlement bans Centurion from doing business in Vermont. It also requires Centurion to pay a $20,000 penalty to the State and refund the Vermont businesses it misled.
In March 2021, Attorney General Donovan sent a cease-and-desist letter to Centurion warning them of consequences of their deceptive mailings.
Later that month, Attorney General Donovan and Secretary Condos together issued a warning to Vermont businesses to beware of the company and the deceptive mailings.
Centurion, however, continued to send mailings to Vermonters and the Attorney General’s Office investigated, resulting in today’s settlement.
Any Vermont business that paid Centurion for these services is entitled to a full refund. To request a refund, contact the Attorney General’s Office by August 16, 2022. Requests can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling the Consumer Assistance Program at 1-800-649-2424.
A copy of the settlement is available here.