Municipal Government

Phony Training Courses Scams Consumers

July 22, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against New York City-based Delta Services, Inc., Ultimate Security Force, Inc., and their owner Jeffreys Paulino, for allegedly using phony job listings and false promises of employment to trick unemployed consumers into paying for expensive, and unnecessary, training courses.

  The Attorney General alleges that Delta, Ultimate Security, and Mr. Paulino have scammed thousands, of consumers. The Attorney General’s office has secured a temporary restraining order on these companies pending legal procediings.

“Unlicensed employment agencies cynically take advantage of vulnerable, unemployed New Yorkers searching to make a living,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This office will not tolerate fraudulent, deceptive and illegal conduct of any kind, let alone against New York residents struggling to find work. We will seek the maximum penalties as well as restitution for defrauded consumers. I caution consumers to ask whether they are speaking with an employer or an employment agency when they respond to employment ads.”

After consumers paid for and completed costly training courses, they allegedly discovered that the promises were lies. Graduates were not provided employment. Instead, they were offered worthless “referrals” to companies.  When consumers followed up on these referrals, they found that the companies that they were referred to had no knowledge of Delta or Ultimate Security.

The lawsuit seeks restitution for the thousands, of consumers allegedly defrauded in the schemes, as well as injunctive relief prohibiting the companies from continuing to operate these scams. 

July 21, 2016

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