Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Atlantic Bonding Co., and its owner, Marc C. Zinman, of Pompano Beach, Florida, for selling notary appointment and reappointment packages to Pennsylvania consumers and failing to deliver them.
The packages included notary training materials, supplies, state applications, $10,000 notary bonds and all fees required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Corbett said the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection received numerous complaints from notaries who wanted to renew their commissions and consumers who wanted to become notaries and paid between $100 and $150 for packages that were never delivered. Some notaries’ commissions expired while they waited for their reappointment packages. Pennsylvania’s mail order rule requires delivery within 30 days.
The lawsuit seeks full restitution for any consumer that suffered losses as a result of the actions of Zinman or Atlantic Bonding, along with civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation or up to $3,000 for any violation involving a senior citizen.
The lawsuit also seeks a court order prohibiting Zinman from doing business in Pennsylvania until all restitution and penalties have been paid. Zinman is also required to provide formal written notice to the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection before engaging in any future business in the Commonwealth.
Any consumer who purchased materials from Zinman and Atlantic Bonding and did not receive the items or did not receive them in a timely manner, should contact the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to file a formal complaint by calling 800-441-2555 or going online at www.attorneygeneral.gov/complaints.aspx?id=451.
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