A U.S. Post Office investigation supported by the Pennsylvania Department of State has resulted in a permanent injunction against a company scamming state businesses.
Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance started sending official-looking notices to businesses in March claiming filings were required by the state, and the company offered to handle those filings for $125. The claim was bogus, according to the state.
U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo issued the injunction against Aaron Williams of Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance, anyone under his supervision and any other fictitious entities he operates.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the company sent 5,312 mailings to state businesses. The mailing advised businesses they needed to file an “Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement,” but there is no such filing required in Pennsylvania, according to Carol Aichele, secretary of the Commonwealth.
Similar mailings have resulted in Williams being barred from doing businesses as Indiana Corporate Compliance Business Service Division, Illinois Corporate Compliance Business Services Division and Ohio Corporate Compliance Business Services Division. There are also similar investigations against him in Wyoming and Rhode Island.
Under the injunction, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has the authority to seize these mailings and return them to the sender, Aichele said. Any business receiving a mailing from Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance, or any company associated with Aaron Williams, should disregard the mailing and notify the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, she said.
Business with questions can call the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations at 717-787-1057 or email the bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.