The Recycler
  • Katun web banner December 2022 NEW
  • Ninestar web banner November 2022 Masthead
  • Static Control June 2022 Masthead Ad
  • Biuromax Web banner June 2022

US village victim of ink scam

November 11, 2014

gavel 2 1810 copyQuesta in New Mexico billed nearly $63,000 by scam ink company, but judge dismisses lawsuit against it.

The Taos News reported that a lawsuit filed against the village of Questa in Taos County, New Mexico after it was claimed to have ordered printer cartridges without paying, has been dismissed by a judge after it was found to be a scam by a shell corporation.

The lawsuit had been filed earlier this year “by an attorney representing a California-based debt collection company” after it was alleged that the village owed $62,829.50 (€50,637.94) for ordering printer cartridges between July 2010 and September 2012. However, village officials maintained that “they did not order the ink in question that began to arrive at their offices in December 2009”, claiming that the village “only had one printer at that time”.

The cartridges were being sent by California-based company Imaging Supply Center, Inc., which is now defunct, with the article stating that an invoice suggests the village paid $18,970.75 (€15,289.63) to the company for cartridges “before halting payment in September 2010”. However, the company continued to send cartridges for another two years then sold Questa’s debt “to another company in 2013”, which then filed the lawsuit in January demanding the money from Questa.

A request for the dismissal of the lawsuit was granted on 5 November 2014 by Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Backus as it was found that Imaging Supply Center “appears to have been a shell corporation swindling the municipality”, with Lindsay Drennan, a lawyer representing Questa, arguing that “villages cannot be held responsible for debt not based on formal contracts”.

However, the lawyer representing the debt collection company, Legal and Debt Recovery, Inc., had maintained that “a formal agreement was not needed to collect the debt”, referring to records indicating that village staff had “continued to sign for packages from Imaging Supply Center, Inc. as recently as 2012”; although he “conceded he did not have record of Questa officials ordering toner” from the company.

Questa’s Mayor, Mark Gallegos, said that “it was fortunate we caught it quickly before we spent a whole lot more money”, noting that the village’s finance director “acted quickly once she realised” it had been a scam. He added that the village is unlikely to get back any of the money it paid due to Imaging Supply Center since filing for bankruptcy, with the company’s registration revoked and phone numbers for the business disconnected.

As a result of Questa’s experience, Gallegos said that “new procedures have been implemented to more closely track packages received by village staff”, commenting: “We’re getting better communication between the department heads and the staff in the office.”

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags : Crime Legal North America

  • Ninestar Web advert Feb 2023
  • IR Italiana Web ad January 2021
  • Ink Tank Web Ad Feb 2023
  • Biuromax Big & Bold Jan 2023
  • GM Technology Web 2022 Ad
  • Aster Web ad Jan 2023
  • Static Control June 2022 Big & Bold Ad
  • Apex Web Ad September 2022
  • Mito December 2022 Web banner
  • GPI Web ad February 2023
  • ITP Web ad January 2021
  • PCL Group Jan 2023 Web ad
  • CET Web Ad Jan 2023
  • Zhono Web Ad October 2022
  • HYB October 2022 Web banner
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • PCL Group Jan 2023 Web ad
  • ITP Web ad January 2021
  • HYB October 2022 Web banner
  • Zhono Web Ad October 2022
  • CET Web Ad Jan 2023
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • CET Web Ad Jan 2023
  • Zhono Web Ad October 2022
  • PCL Group Jan 2023 Web ad
  • ITP Web ad January 2021
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • HYB October 2022 Web banner

The Recycler, Wittas House, Two Rivers, Station Lane, Witney, OX28 4BH, United Kingdom | Tel: +44 (0) 1993 899800 | Fax : +44 (0) 1993 226899
©2006-2021 The Recycler - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy including cookie use

Web design Dorset | Websites by Mark