The U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg filed a civil complaint Monday against a California man accused of sending fraudulent mailings to corporations in Pennsylvania and other states.
Aaron Williams, no age provided, of Playa Vista, Calif., who was doing business as Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance (PCC), allegedly sent more than 5,000 pieces of mail that request information and payment to Pennsylvania businesses in March, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The mailings, which appear to be legitimate, request that businesses fill out an annual disclosure statement form and an annual meeting disclosure statement and return the forms with a payment of $125, U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said in the release.
Included in the mailing is a return envelope that has a mailing address of 4075 Linglestown Road No. 120, Harrisburg.
Alert: However, corporations or limited liability companies registered with the state are not required to file such documents and are not required to pay the $125 fee, Smith said.
In light of the mailings, the Pennsylvania Department of State has issued a scam alert encouraging anyone who receives a mailing from PCC to disregard it. The alert also says that PCC is not affiliated or associated with the state.
The Department of State is also reminding businesses that official notices sent by the Pennsylvania Department of State or the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office will contain the letterhead and/or contact information for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations.
Elsewhere: Similar mailings in other states caused courts to issue cease and desist orders against Williams.
Williams' misrepresentations and misuse of the mail undermine the state's ability to collect legitimate fees, Smith said.
In its complaint, the U.S. Attorney's Office is seeking to permanently prevent Williams from doing such alleged fraudulent activities anywhere in the country.
The case came to light through an investigation by the Harrisburg office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Online court documents did not list an attorney for Williams.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the mailings is asked to contact the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations at (717) 787-1057 or email@example.com.
-- Reach Greg Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.