A Lansing company received 140 complaints from across the country as well as a lawsuit that claims the company is deceiving businesses.
Workplace Compliance Services has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau due to both the number of complaints and the number of complaints that have gone unanswered.
The business also goes by the names ANS, Assumed Name Services and Council for Corporations.
The company is registered in multiple states, and sends businesses mailings with an offer to help them complete and file state-mandated corporate documents.
“Businesses say the mailing looks official, and leaves them with the impression that they are required by law to fill out the form and pay Workplace Compliance Services to process the forms,” says Phil Catlett, President of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan.
In most instances the paperwork can be done by the business itself, and can be filed for much less than the amount charged by the Michigan company.
On March 6th, the Florida Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the company and its owner, Steven Fata as well as his brother Joseph Fata.
The Florida Attorney General says mailings violate the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Florida’s Government Impostor and Deceptive Advertisements Act, a 2018 law that prohibits sending any solicitation or advertisement that could reasonably cause someone to believe it is associated with the government.
In 2002 Both Steven and Joseph Fata signed an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the Florida Attorney General. According to the lawsuit, the brothers “agreed that they would not use a solicitation or advertisement that could have the tendency or capacity to mislead consumers into believing that the solicitation was sent by or on behalf of a government agency.” The Florida lawsuit alleges they have violated that agreement.