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FILE – On this Feb. 19, 2019 file picture, West Virginia Lawyer Common Patrick Morrisey speaks at a information convention in Martinsburg, W.Va. Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining drugmakers have reached a $161.5 million tentative settlement simply as closing arguments have been about to start in a seven-week trial over the opioid epidemic, Lawyer Common Patrick Morrisey stated Wednesday, April 25. Might 2022. (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail through AP, file)

West Virginia Lawyer Common Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit in opposition to a Steubenville DJ/marriage ceremony planner for allegedly failing to carry out companies marketed to quite a few purchasers.

Helen Marie Nichole Smith ran companies in West Virginia beneath the H&Ok title

DJ Companies and H&Ok DJ and Occasion Companies, LLC. She allegedly violated the state’s client credit score and client safety statutes, and the lawyer normal is asking the courtroom to bar the lady from “committing unfair or fraudulent acts or practices associated to the sale of disc jockey and marriage ceremony planning companies…”.

“It is quite simple: it’s important to obey the legislation if you wish to do enterprise in West Virginia and it’s important to be sincere about your work,” Lawyer Common Morrisey stated. “Those that defraud shoppers should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the legislation.”

The state started investigating Smith after receiving a number of complaints from shoppers throughout West Virginia. Smith owned and operated the corporate from April 2020 to Might 2021, first in West Virginia, then in Ohio. She marketed via social media and the web.

Morrisey alleged that Smith did not register her enterprise with the West Virginia Inside Income Service or the West Virginia Secretary of State’s workplace.

In accordance with courtroom information, Smith has accomplished greater than 135 contracts to offer disc jockey companies for upcoming weddings in West Virginia and different states. At the least 34 shoppers in West Virginia have signed her enterprise, however she reportedly failed to offer companies at quite a few weddings.

A sampling of the affected clients recognized within the lawsuit confirmed that the impacts prolonged to counties of Kanawha, Preston and Putnam.

As phrase unfold that she was not honoring the contracts, many shoppers canceled their contracts in April and Might 2021, resulting in Smith submitting for chapter. She recognized greater than 135 “client collectors” in her submitting associated to her DJ companies and claimed the quantity of debt she owed was “unknown.”

Smith was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury in September 2021 on a single rely of fraudulent schemes. She pleaded responsible final February.

Morrisey’s lawsuit additionally asks a decide to order Smith to pay a most civil penalty of $5,000 “for every particular person intentional and repeated violation” of the Shopper Credit score and Safety Act.

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