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					                                                                       State Actions


        Matter Name                       Type of Action                                Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency       Press Contact


Nonpublic investigation of Oregon-based   Continuing investigation and cease-           Winter 2010–11              Alaska Department of     Cynthia C. Drinkwater
business opportunity                      and-desist agreement to cease doing                                       Law, Consumer            (907) 269-5200
                                          business in Alaska. Restitution of                                        Protection Unit          cynthia.drinkwater@al
                                          $8,200 paid.                                                                                       aska.gov


Updated consumer education brochure       Consumer education.                           March 2011                  Alaska Department of     Cynthia C. Drinkwater
                                                                                                                    Law, Consumer            (907) 269-5200
                                                                                                                    Protection Unit          cynthia.drinkwater@al
                                                                                                                                             aska.gov

People v. Independent Vending Concepts,   Civil Action: Civil penalty of                Nov. 10, 2010               California AG’s Office   Jim Finefrock,
LLC, Brian L. Jensen                      $75,000; permanently enjoined from                                                                 Director of
                                          engaging in the sale of unregistered                                                               Communications
                                          seller-assisted marketing plans in                                                                 (510) 622-4500
                                          violation of California Law; Final                                                                 Jim.Finefrock@doj.ca.
                                          Judgment and Permanent Injunction                                                                  gov
                                          entered, following entry of default, as
                                          to defendant Brian L. Jensen.


Eric Yun, aka Mansoon Eric Yoon or Eric   Administrative Action for violating           Jan. 7, 2010                California Department    Mark Leyes
Man S. Yun, Green on Blue, Inc., dba      the California Franchise Investment                                       of Corporations          (916)-322-7180
Yogurberry U.S.A. and Yogurberry          Law; issued a Desist and Refrain                                                                   mleyes@corp.ca.gov
Franchising Company                       Order and imposed penalties of
                                          $42,500 and ordered $2,339,400 in
                                          restitution to victims. Case involves
                                          the franchising of “Yogurberry”
                                          frozen yogurt outlets and fraudulent
                                          statements and omissions.



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        Matter Name                        Type of Action                            Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency      Press Contact


International Training and Exchange Inc.   Administrative Action for violating       Mar. 2, 2010                California Department   Mark Leyes
Lango Kids                                 the California Franchise Investment                                   of Corporations         (916)-322-7180
                                           Law; issued a Desist and Refrain                                                              mleyes@corp.ca.gov
                                           Order and entered into a stipulation to
                                           desist and refrain from unregistered
                                           offer and sale of franchises. Case
                                           involves the franchising of the Lango
                                           program to teach young children to
                                           speak a second language.


BodyLogicMD, Inc.                          Administrative Action for violating       Apr. 15, 2010               California Department   Mark Leyes
                                           the California Franchise Investment                                   of Corporations         (916)-322-7180
                                           Law; issued a Desist and Refrain                                                              mleyes@corp.ca.gov
                                           Order and entered into a stipulation to
                                           desist and refrain from unregistered
                                           offer and sale of franchises. Case
                                           involves the franchising of anti-aging
                                           specialty centers.


Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ Franchising, Inc.       Administrative Action for violating       May 4, 2010                 California Department   Mark Leyes
Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ, Inc.                   the California Franchise Investment                                   of Corporations         (916)-322-7180
                                           Law; issued a Desist and Refrain                                                              mleyes@corp.ca.gov
                                           Order and entered into a stipulation to
                                           desist and refrain from unregistered
                                           offer and sale of franchises and
                                           payment of legal and investigative
                                           costs. Case involves the franchising
                                           of BBQ restaurants.




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        Matter Name                          Type of Action                           Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency      Press Contact


Stanton Optical, LLC                         Administrative Action: Issued a          Nov. 4, 2010                California Department   Mark Leyes
Vision Value, LLC                            Desist and Refrain Order from the                                    of Corporations         (916)-322-7180
Macarius & Daniel, LLC                       unregistered offer and sale of                                                               mleyes@corp.ca.gov
Macarius, Max & Daniel, LLC                  franchises; Stanton operates as a
Marco Musa                                   retailer of eyeglasses and contact
Daniel Stanton                               lenses and provides onsite full
Max Macarius                                 laboratory service.


Garlic Jim’s Franchise International, Inc.   Administrative Action for violating      Dec. 30, 2010               California Department   Mark Leyes
                                             the California Franchise Investment                                  of Corporations         (916)-322-7180
                                             Law; issued a Desist and Refrain                                                             mleyes@corp.ca.gov
                                             Order to refrain from making material
                                             misstatements or omissions and an
                                             order assessing citations of $140,000;
                                             also brought claims for rescission,
                                             restitution, and damages on behalf of
                                             franchisees and costs of $25,000.


Monet Investors, LLC                         Investigation of unlawful trade                                      District of Columbia    Bennett Rushkof,
                                             practices involving advance fees                                     AG’s Office             Section Chief,
                                             charged for assistance in finding                                                            Public Advocacy
                                             employment and starting or expanding                                                         Section
                                             businesses.                                                                                  (202) 727-5173
                                                                                                                                          Bennett.rushkoff@dc.g
                                             Complaint filed.                                                                             ov




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         Matter Name                               Type of Action                             Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency    Press Contact


In re Ivy Captial, Inc.                            Civil Action: Assurance of Voluntary       Dec. 3, 2010                Indiana AG’s Office   Molly Butters
                                                   Compliance filed; includes $500.00 in                                                        Press Office
                                                   costs to the State and agreement to                                                          (317) 296-6115
                                                   comply with Indiana Statutes in                                                              molly.butters@atg.in.g
                                                   future. Company involved in selling                                                          ov
                                                   training for at-home Internet
                                                   businesses.


In re Tom Butler’s Short Sale                      Civil Action: Assurance of Voluntary       June 25, 2010               Indiana AG’s Office   Molly Butters
                                                   Compliance; includes $750 in costs to                                                        Press Office
                                                   the State; $3,775 in restitution, and an                                                     (317) 296-6115
                                                   agreement to comply with Indiana                                                             molly.butters@atg.in.g
                                                   Statutes in the future. Company                                                              ov
                                                   involved in selling training to buy and
                                                   sell foreclosed houses.


State v. Imergent, Inc., and Stores Online, Inc.   Civil Action: Rule to Show Cause;          Mar. 19, 2007               Indiana AG’s Office   Molly Butters
                                                   filed for violation of Consent                                                               Press Office
                                                   Judgment.                                                                                    (317) 296-6115
                                                                                                                                                molly.butters@atg.in.g
                                                                                                                                                ov

Kansas v. The Greatest Virtual Office LLC,         Civil Action for violations of Kansas      May 24, 2010                Kansas AG’s Office,   Clint Blaes
Greatest Emarketing LLC, and Sandra Kay            Consumer Protection Act and Kansas                                     Consumer Protection   (785) 296-6115
Johnson                                            No-Call Act, involving the sale of                                     Division              clint.blaes@ksag.org
                                                   websites and related marketing
                                                   services; Consent Judgment including
                                                   the award of $20,000 in penalties and
                                                   fees to the AF, along with injunctive
                                                   relief, and consumer redress.




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        Matter Name                       Type of Action                              Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency      Press Contact


In re Solid Ad Solutions, LLC and         Civil Action: Summary Order to              Jan. 31, 2011               Maryland AG’s Office,   Raquel Guillory
Christopher Lewallen                      Cease and Desist and Order to Show                                      Securities Division     (410) 576-6357
                                          cause dated Nov. 15, 2010;                                                                      rguillory@oag.state.m
                                          resulted in Consent Order Jan. 31,                                                              d.us
                                          2011, in which respondents agreed to
                                          offer refunds to all Maryland buyers.
                                          Arizona-based sellers of business
                                          opportunity involving Internet
                                          marketing services to allow buyers to
                                          earn commissions from selling
                                          products over the Internet.


In re Colourco SV, Inc. And Jacques St.   Civil Action: Order to Show Cause           Jan. 4, 2011                Maryland AG’s Office,   Raquel Guillory
Pierre                                    dated Dec. 6, 2010; resulted in Final                                   Securities Division     (410) 576-6357
                                          Order to Cease and Desist dated                                                                 rguillory@oag.state.m
                                          Jan. 4, 2011 and permanent bar                                                                  d.us
                                          against respondents from offering
                                          business opportunities in Maryland.
                                          Colorado-based sellers of business
                                          opportunity involving dealerships to
                                          clean and resurface automobile
                                          headlights.




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        Matter Name                        Type of Action                              Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency      Press Contact


In re Jerry Goldberg, d.b.a. Big Bear      Investigation regarding Tennessee-          July 21, 2011               Maryland AG’s Office,   Raquel Guillory
Advertising Agency                         based marketing director for business                                   Securities Division     (410) 576-6357
                                           opportunity involving the sale of                                                               rguillory@oag.state.m
                                           books promoted by national                                                                      d.us
                                           advertising campaign; resulted in
                                           Consent Order in which respondents
                                           agreed to cease and desist from
                                           violating Act and complete refunds to
                                           all Maryland buyers of the Big Bear
                                           business opportunity.


In re David Baginski and Secret Money      Summary Order to Cease and Desist           Feb. 3, 2010                Maryland AG’s Office,   Raquel Guillory
Factory                                    dated Sept. 2, 2010; resulted in                                        Securities Division     (410) 576-6357
                                           Consent Order in which respondent                                                               rguillory@oag.state.m
                                           agreed to cease and desist from                                                                 d.us
                                           violating Maryland Securities Act and
                                           pay $75,000 penalty (penalty was
                                           waived in light of respondent’s
                                           financial condition). Involved
                                           Maryland individual promoting
                                           various investment programs and
                                           “gifting” operation on websites.


In re Wata-Wing, LLC and Donald Prevette   Order to Show Cause dated Aug. 13,          Jan. 28, 2011               Maryland AG’s Office,   Raquel Guillory
                                           2010; resulted in Consent Order in                                      Securities Division     (410) 576-6357
                                           which respondents agreed to cease                                                               rguillory@oag.state.m
                                           and desist violating Maryland                                                                   d.us
                                           Franchise law and make full refunds
                                           to all Maryland franchisees. Involved
                                           sale of chicken wing restaurant
                                           franchises.



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         Matter Name                            Type of Action                                Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency       Press Contact


In re John Beck Corp., At Home Rewards,         Investigation involving a real estate                                     Motana AG’s Office,      Kevin O’Brien
Plan Plus, JbeckProVault, Bookeeping            business scam and affiliated                                              Office of Consumer       (406) 444-2026
Services, ikongo, Success Planning &            companies who offered various                                             Protection               ko’brien@mt.gov
Essentials, Tax Club, Vital Payroll, Business   services to help him manage his
Document Center, and John Beck Seminar          “business.” The companies reversed
                                                credit card charges and refunded
                                                finance charges, late fees, and over
                                                limit fees on the victim’s credit card;
                                                recovery of over $70,000 to the
                                                victims.


New Jersey v. Captial Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a   Civil Action for violation of New             Feb. 25, 2011               New Jerseey AG’s         Jeff Lamm
Maxwell Scott, David Gates Financial and        Jersey Consumer Fraud Act; case                                           Office, Consumer Fraud   Division of Consumer
David S. Brookman                               involves an envelope stuffing work-at-                                    Prosecution Section      Affairs Press Office
                                                home scheme.                                                                                       (973) 504-6323


State of North Carolina, ex rel. Roy Cooper,    Civil Action: Complaint filed for             Feb. 28, 2011               North Carolina’s AG’s    Noelle Talley or
Attorney General v. Marilyn Broerman,           unfair and deceptive practices,                                           Office                   Jennifer Canada
Individually, The Beacon Project, Creative      violations of Business Opportunity                                                                 Public Information
Marketing Solutions, and Universal              Sales Act, and violations of the                                                                   Office
Placement Services                              Charitable Solicitations Act.                                                                      (919) 716-6413
                                                Defendants sold candy vending
                                                opportunities to individuals and
                                                represented that the profits would go
                                                to help locate missing children.




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        Matter Name                            Type of Action                              Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency      Press Contact


State of North Carolina, ex rel. Roy Cooper,   Civil Action: Over $1.3 million in          Mar. 24, 2010               North Carolina’s AG’s   Noelle Talley or
Attorney General v. iMergent, Inc. And         restitution paid to NC Consumers.                                       Office                  Jennifer Canada
StoresOnline, Inc.                             Defendants’ appealled from a                                                                    Public Information
                                               Contempt Order entered by the Court                                                             Office
                                               for defendants’ failure to comply with                                                          (919) 716-6413
                                               the Consent Judgment; parties entered
                                               into Consent Order to resolve appeal
                                               on Mar. 24, 2010.


Clean Sweeps Holdings                          Investigation of possible unfair and        Investigation ongoing       North Carolina’s AG’s   Noelle Talley or
                                               deceptive practices and violations of                                   Office                  Jennifer Canada
                                               Business Opportunity Sales Act                                                                  Public Information
                                               involving the sale and placement of                                                             Office
                                               Internet sweepstakes terminals.                                                                 (919) 716-6413


Fortune Hi Tech Marketing                      Investigation of possible unfair and        Investigation ongoing       North Carolina’s AG’s   Noelle Talley or
                                               deceptive practices and violations of                                   Office                  Jennifer Canada
                                               North Carolina’s pyramid scheme                                                                 Public Information
                                               statute.                                                                                        Office
                                                                                                                                               (919) 716-6413


North Carolina Consumer Education              Consumer Education Campaign: A              To be released Mar. 2011    North Carolina’s AG’s   Noelle Talley or
Campaign: “Beware of Fake Business             tool kit to educate consumers on                                        Office                  Jennifer Canada
Opportunities”                                 fraudulent business opportunities,                                                              Public Information
                                               prevent scams before they occur, and                                                            Office
                                               direct consumers where to get help;                                                             (919) 716-6413
                                               includes print, Web, and video
                                               materials.




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         Matter Name                       Type of Action                           Date / Matter Information   Responsible Agency         Press Contact


Storesonline, Inc. Aka Imergent, Inc.      Civil Action for using unconscionable    July 22, 2010               Oregon Department of       Tony Green
                                           tactics in the sale of goods and                                     Justice, Financial Fraud   (503) 378-6002
                                           services. Assurance of Voluntary                                     Section                    Tony.Green@doj.stat.o
                                           Compliance filed; includes $5,6421.82                                                           r.us
                                           in restitution and $7,500 to State’s
                                           Consumer Protection and Education.


Associated Capital Advance (ACA) LLC and   Administrative Action and                Feb. 18, 2011               Washington State           Bill Beatty
Sandy Hoffman                              Investigation: Final Order to Cease                                  Department of Financial    Securities
                                           and Desist from violations of the                                    Institutions, Securities   Administrator
                                           registration disclosure and anti-fraud                               Division                   (360) 902-8723
                                           provisions of the state Business                                                                bbeatty@dfi.wa.gov
                                           Opportunity Fraud Act issued against
                                           ACA; involves failure of the company
                                           to register with the State of
                                           Washington a business opportunity
                                           involving the right to become an
                                           “affiliate” and earn money soliciting
                                           loan applications. The company is
                                           alleged to have failed to disclose
                                           material facts about the investment
                                           opportunity to a Washington State
                                           investor.




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Description: List of companies that are part of the FTC's and State AG's "Operation Empty Promises". FHTM made the list