LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Corporate Oversight Division has reached a settlement with Florida-based company, Division of Corporate Services Inc. (DCS), to resolve allegations of sending forms to customers designed to look like documents required for corporate representatives by the State of Michigan. Schuette negotiated the DCS settlement under the stipulation they reimburse $150 to all 105 Michigan businesses affected by their scam. Additionally, DCS will face restrictions on conducting future business in Michigan.
“Today we secured justice for the Michigan businesses scammed by bad actors seeking to turn a quick profit through unscrupulous tactics,” said Schuette. “Scam artists seeking to deceive consumers take note: we will take action to protect the hardworking families of our state.”
The original action against DCS came as the result of a complaint filed by a Charlevoix non-profit with Schuette’s Corporate Oversight Division regarding DCS’ misleading compliance solicitations.
Division of Corporate Services Inc. was accused of sending misleading mailings designed to look like an official state form that corporate representatives are required to complete annually to keep their businesses in good standing. Recipients were asked to complete and return the form with payment to a Lansing address. It is alleged the responding businesses were actually buying fake meeting minutes for their business.
The Attorney General investigation also revealed that Davis and Strawn of Largo, Florida and Howe of Scotts Valley, California, have done similar mailings in other states last year under the name Annual Business Services, LLC.
Citizens who believe they may have been victims of Annual Business Services, LLC or other entities under this type of scam are encouraged to file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office at www.michigan.gov/ag by clicking “File a Complaint.”