Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a civil action against Pierce Automotive LLC and its owner Steven Pierce for violating the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.
Pierce Automotive took money from consumers and promised auto repair work that it never completed, according to a complaint filed this month. After Pierce Automotive closed its doors, the company removed the consumers’ vehicles from the premises and never returned them to consumers, the complaint alleges.
“We have laws in place to protect Hoosiers when businesses abandon their obligations to customers,” Attorney General Hill said. “My office works every day to keep consumers out of harm’s way, and we will continue to fight for the people of Indiana.”
The Attorney General’s complaint alleges that Pierce Automotive had customers’ vehicles in its possession for several months before closing without warning, at which time customers realized their vehicles had disappeared. The state seeks restitution for the consumers charged by Pierce Automotive in addition to costs awarding the Office of the Attorney General its reasonable expenses incurred in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Amounts sought will be determined at trial.
Any consumers who believe they have been similarly victimized by Pierce Automotive may report the details of their dealings to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.