Scam targeted Chinese and Latinos

The Chinatown community applauded yesterday for State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filing a lawsuit to shut down a security guard employment scam. The Attorney General announced on September 22nd that his office had filed a lawsuit against a New York City-based company behind an employment scam. The company known as both C.P. International Security, Inc. (C.P.I.) and Gateway Production Security, Inc., tricked out-of-work consumers into paying for expensive security guard training courses with false promises of employment. The lawsuit also names the individuals who have operated the company, Charles Pierre and Nicole Pierre. “At a time when many New Yorkers struggle with unemployment and making ends meet, this company took advantage of vulnerable, out-of-work New Yorkers to make a profit,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will not tolerate fraudulent, deceptive and illegal conduct.  We will seek the maximum penalties against this company as well as restitution for defrauded consumers.” After receiving numerous complaints from victims of the fraudulent job scam, with the help of Lin Sing Association and the Office of State Assemblywoman Grace Meng since last September, the Attorney General’s office conducted an undercover investigation that confirmed that the company posted phony security guard job listings online and in newspapers. The company targeted Spanish and Chinese-speaking consumers in particular by placing ads in Spanish and Chinese-language newspapers.  C.P.I. would then tell consumers who responded to the advertisements that they had been selected for the positions, but first needed to complete a series of security guard training courses, at a cost of $399. However, after paying for and completing the expensive training, consumers discovered that the jobs did not exist. Though C.P.I. had promised employment, it would instead offer “graduates” worthless “referrals” to security guard companies. When consumers attempted to pursue those referrals, they found that the companies that they were referred to had no knowledge of C.P.I., and were neither expecting the candidate for an interview, nor hiring. Aside from making false promises of employment, the defendants also falsely claimed that consumers must complete the entire $399 package of courses to be eligible to work as a security guard. Attorney General Schneiderman encourages victims or anyone with information about C.P.I.’s scheme to file a complaint with the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau.  The forms are available here.

Click here for the original article in Chinese from Sing Tao.

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