DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an order barring Denver-based RMI Associates from providing consumers with assistance in filing a consumer complaint with the state for a fee. The court order also requires that RMI Associates refund any fees it has accepted from consumers to assist them in filing a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General or the Federal Trade Commission.
The order follows an August lawsuit the state filed against RMI Associates alleging that the company claimed that in exchange for an upfront fee it could help victims recover their losses related to a federal consumer-protection lawsuit against Westminster-based Dalbey Education Institute, formerly known as American’s Note Network.
“This order underlines that consumers should never pay for a service they can obtain for free from the state,” Suthers said. “Any private business that claims a ‘special relationship’ with my office or any other state or federal consumer protection agency is misleading you. You should never pay a fee to file a consumer complaint with the state of Colorado.”
Consumers can file a complaint for free via the Office of the Attorney General’s Web site at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint. Consumer also can file complaints via 1-800-222-4444 or email@example.com.
The Office of the Attorney General warned consumers about RMI Associates’ fraudulent services in early August after consumers began filing complaints against the company. Consumers should never contract with a company or pay any fees in order to get their complaint submitted to state or federal authorities.