Ceglia v. Zuckerberg et al
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ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO OBTAIN…
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO OBTAINS TEMPORARY
RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST WNY WOOD PELLET
COMPANY SUED FOR DEFRAUDING CONSUMERS
Company lied to customers and solicited new orders when unable to deliver
products as promised
BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 29, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today
announced his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a
Western New York wood-pellet fuel company he sued for taking more than
$200,000 from consumers and then failing to deliver any products or refunds.
Based on Cuomo’s lawsuit, Erie County Supreme Court Justice Sheila A. DiTullio
today signed a temporary restraining order banning Allegany Pellets, LLC and its
owners, Paul and Iasia Ceglia of Wellsville, from accepting advance payments from
consumers, destroying any business records or property, and transferring any of
Allegany Pellets and the Ceglias encouraged consumers to pre-order pellets in
Spring 2009. The company took in approximately $200,000 in advance payments
from dozens of consumers and promised to deliver 1,900 tons of wood pellets in
the subsequent months so that homeowners would be prepared for the 20092010 winter season. However, Allegany failed to deliver any of the pellets or issue
“This company and its owners repeatedly lied to consumers and continued to
solicit new orders despite an inability to deliver wood pellets that were bought and
paid for months before the winter heating season began,” said Attorney General
Cuomo. “My office is seeking restitution, penalties, and additional financial
safeguards to ensure this company cannot scam anyone in the future.”
The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that in September, Allegany Pellets
sent a letter to customers who pre-paid for pellets informing them that it would
not deliver the products until the end of the year, well into the heating season. The
letter also stated that Allegany had incurred significant layoffs and asked
consumers to “dig deep” while the company attempted to make good on their
In reality, Paul and Iasia Ceglia were always the only employees of the company,
and while consumers were asked to “dig deep,” the Ceglias were unwilling to do
the same. An investigation uncovered that the Ceglias have extensive real estate
holdings including 75 acres of oceanfront property in Nova Scotia; 30 acres and
70 rental properties in Wellsville; and their own residence on 2 acres in Wellsville.
Rather than use some of the extensive properties as collateral to provide refunds
to consumers, the Ceglias only offered the vague promise that, at some future
date, they would deliver the pellets for which the customers had already paid.
Additionally, even after the letter detailing the company’s dire situation was sent
out, Allegany Pellets continued to solicit pre-order sales and accept payments from
Cuomo’s lawsuit seeks restitution for the impacted consumers, as well as penalties
and costs to the state. Additionally, the suit seeks to bar the Ceglias and Allegany
from operating in New York state unless they post a $200,000 performance bond.
The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General James Morrissey under
the supervision of Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the Buffalo Regional
Office Russell Ippolito and Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs J. David
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