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DACO lists businesses that owe consumers some $140,000

Consumer Affairs Secretary Edan Rivera Rodríguez

By The Star Staff

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) on Tuesday released a new list of “businesses that fail to comply with consumers.”

The list includes 29 businesses against which the DACO Litigation Division filed lawsuits throughout the month of October with the goal of recovering about $140,000 in recognized consumer benefits.

From the list published by the DACO, the failures are related to work and service contracts, as well as auto repair shop services. Epic Development Corp. is the merchant with the largest sum owed to a consumer, with a total of $56,500. Also noteworthy are Mundo Pools, Inc. and Grupo Carillo Inc., with debts of $11,000 and $10,795.89, respectively.

“We have remained firm in denouncing all those businesses that, despite having final and firm resolutions against them, refuse to pay consumers those remedies expressly ordered by an agency judge,” DACO Secretary Edan Rivera Rodríguez said.

The DACO chief emphasized that “the idea of these lists is to serve as an alert, so that consumers deal with those businesses that appear in them with caution.”

Other companies that appear on the list published Tuesday by DACO are Garage Maltes Inc., which has a resolution against it in the amount of $6,531, as well as LMR Doors & Windows Inc., CA Administration Construction Home Corp. and Goal LLC H/N/C Kingdom Auto Imports, each of which owes amounts greater than $5,000.

Regarding services from auto repair shops, Axel Lugo Maldonado H/N/C Axl Auto Service and Julio González Abreu H/N/C Taller González appear as “defaulters”, who have debts of over $3,000 each. The names of several contractors also appear on the list, including Carlos González Arbelo and Juan Meléndez, who owe the sums of $8,500 and $5,500, respectively, to consumers.

“Filing lawsuits against businesses that fail to comply is something that, historically, DACO has always done but people did not know about,” Rivera Rodríguez said. “Making the names of these businesses public has been of great benefit because beyond reporting on the hundreds of thousands of dollars that our staff claims every month in favor of consumers, we put the public in a position to know what the businesses are that must be viewed with caution, and that contributes to our orientation objective.”

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