Company sued for selling fake diet pills

August 6, 2009 5:16:19 PM PDT
Customers say they thought they were signing up for a free trial offer for a diet pill. But what they ended up getting was anything but free. So, can they get their money back?

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The Arizona state attorney general has entered into a $1.3 million settlement with Central Coast Nutraceuticals.

A lawsuit filed against the company accuses it of deceptive on line sales practices. The company sold diet pills such as the açai berry and other supplements to its customers.

The settlement calls for Central Coast Nutraceuticals to pay $1 million in civil penalties to Arizona and another $350,000 in consumer restitution.

"I don't believe any of the people who signed up for that thought they were also buying a 44.95 fitness club membership," said Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Consumers who want to apply for restitution can do so by filing a formal complaint with the Arizona state attorney general. But you need to hurry -- the deadline is August 17.

Procedure For Filing a Consumer Fraud Complaint

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