WILKES-BARRE — The state Office of Attorney General Friday sued the president of Wyoming Homes for alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Law and sought a court order permanently shutting down the business.
The suit filed in Luzerne County Court by the AG’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said the office received 20 complaints between August 2011 and December 2013 against the Plains Township based-company and its president David D. Valenti. He already faces theft charges in two counties.
Among the complaints were shoddy workmanship, failure to properly complete work on the installation of mobile and modular homes sold by the company and failure to deliver homes after receiving full payment from customers.
Last month detectives from the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office filed theft by deception charges against Valenti, 61, of Glenmaura Drive, Moosic, alleging he accepted thousands of dollars from two women for modular homes that were not delivered. He also faces theft charges in Susquehanna County.
The AG’s suit alleged Valenti willfully committed fraud through false advertising and by not complying with written guarantees or warranties. He also allegedly ignored customer requests to honor their contracts. In some cases, customers were without their homes or titles to them for a year or longer, the suit said.
The AG’s office is seeking a $1,000 penalty for each violation of the law. The penalty increases to $3,000 for each violation involving customers 60 and older. The suit seeks restitution to customers, payment for enforcement costs and additional relief deemed appropriate by the court.