A company accused of extorting customers tens of thousands of dollars for PlayStations and Xboxes that never delivered for the 2020 Christmas holiday must now pay compensation, a judge ruled Monday.
New York Attorney General Letitia James in December persuaded a judge to freeze the bank accounts of New Jersey-based Prestigious Marketing Concepts, Inc — also known as Sonjia Posh Boutique LLC — so it couldn’t commit the same alleged fraud again.
On Monday, Manhattan Superior Court Justice Laurence Love ruled that the company — owned by Tandria Faulkner — “must pay full compensation to consumers who were harmed.”
The judge also ordered the company to provide a list of all customers who placed orders so they can receive the refund. And it must post a $100,000 bail before it can resume operations to ensure it has enough funds to make reimbursement payments, the order said.
James’ December lawsuit accused the company of taking $500,000 worth of orders for upcoming gaming consoles in the fall of 2020, promising many of them would be delivered by the holiday season. However, when the orders didn’t arrive, the company reportedly failed many shoppers when they asked for refunds, the AG claimed.
The company posted online ads for the gaming systems that showed photos of stacks of console crates to trick customers into believing they were stocking up on hard-to-find electronics, the AG claimed.
“This is a huge win for consumers who have played on Xboxes, PlayStations and other high-end products that they paid for but never received,” James said in a prepared statement.
An attorney for Faulkner and the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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