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Cleaning firms accused of defrauding seniors

January 28, 2011
SCHAUMBURG, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing a Schaumburg man and his two cleaning businesses, claiming he targeted senior citizens by encouraging them to purchase services they didn''t need, according to Trib Local.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, names Moshe Kesem of Schaumburg and his two Schaumburg-based businesses, Warranty USA Inc. and Air Duct Cleaning Pros, the article noted.
Since November 2009, Kesem charged customers for expensive work repairing mold and mildew damage, but, according to the lawsuit, there was no damage, the article stated.
"This company targeted vulnerable seniors and deceived homeowners into purchasing services they didn''t need," Madigan said in a statement.
According to the article, Madigan alleges Kesem showed customers fake photos of mold and mildew damage in order to prompt them to purchase the services.
Customers have reported to Madigan''s office more than $17,350 in fraudulent charges from Kesem, the article added.
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