NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


March 30, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ATTORNEY GENERAL CURRAN CHARGES COMPANY FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO SUPPLY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Baltimore - Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has charged Allied Home Healthcare, located at 22 Manor Springs Court, Glen Arm, MD, and its owner, Paris George, with violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. According to the charges, Allied Home Healthcare, which offers a wide range of medical supplies to consumers throughout Maryland, took money from consumers for medical equipment, including wheelchairs and stair lifts, and failed to provide either the purchased medical equipment or refunds.

Allied Home Healthcare and Paris George allegedly failed to provide any goods or services to some consumers and provided others with goods that were inferior to what the consumer had purchased. In addition, they were charged with misrepresenting their ability to supply the ordered equipment to consumers, failing to notify customers of their cancellation and refund rights, failing to possess licenses required by Maryland law, and illegally charging consumers sales tax when the sale of medical equipment is exempted from such taxes under Maryland law.

The case is scheduled to be tried before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings beginning June 12, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. Consumers with complaints against Allied Home Healthcare and Paris George should contact the Consumer Protection Division by calling (410) 576-6569.

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