St. George business cited for deceptive business practices

Office suite for Labor Regulatory Compliance Office, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo by Scott Heinecke, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A business by the name of Labor Regulatory Compliance Office in St. George was cited on Thursday by state authorities for deceptive business practices.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, said in a statement released on Thursday that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection cited the unregistered entity for violating the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Copy of notices being sent by Labor Regulatory Compliance Office, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Consumer Protection, St. George News
Copy of notices being sent by Labor Regulatory Compliance Office, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Consumer Protection, St. George News

Division investigators report the St. George entity sent unsolicited letters to Utah companies with text suggesting it was a billing statement and directed recipients to pay a $285 fee that was “due now.”

The Division discovered Labor Regulatory Compliance Office is not a registered business with the State of Utah and does not hold a valid St. George business license.

“This group is clearly out to scam consumers and businesses by stealing their profits for something the State provides to the public for free,”  Giani said in the statement, “This letters’ deception is so egregious our Citation has not attached a final fine amount as our Division continues to receive complaints from the community.”

The Administrative Citation alleges that the unregistered entity committed deceptive acts by intentionally sending mailers to at least 80 confirmed recipients statewide and could face a potential fine of $2,500 per violation.

Front of office building where Labor Regulatory Compliance Office is located, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo by Scott Heinecke, St. George News
Front of office building where Labor Regulatory Compliance Office is located, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo by Scott Heinecke, St. George News

The new owner of the office building where this business is located, Sheila Bailey said that there have been a lot of people looking for the owners of the business. The business had a lease with the previous owner from Dec. 9-31, 2013, and she has never seen the people associated with the business, she said.

American Shredding owner, Frank Casey, whose office is adjacent to the Labor Regulatory Compliance Office suite, said that he has not seen anyone come or go from the business and he came in one day about a month ago and saw the signage on front of their office. “It’s obviously just a front, a vacant office,” Casey said.

According to the Utah Labor Commission, businesses can access required labor posters online free of charge.

If you are a business or consumer who has received one of these mailers and would like to file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Protection online or call 801-530-6601 for more information.

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Office suite for Labor Regulatory Compliance Office, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo by Scott Heinecke, St. George News
Office suite for Labor Regulatory Compliance Office, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2014 | Photo by Scott Heinecke, St. George News

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4 Comments

  • Ginger King Rebel January 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Jeremy is baaaaack………..

  • Andy February 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I just got this in the mail. If you don’t read the fine print and know your stuff, it would be easy to get scammed.

  • Craig February 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Maybe Swallow and Shurtleff are fundraising.

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