Back in April 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued a consumer alert regarding misleading solicitations being mailed to state businesses from two companies: Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service. The bogus mailings instructed businesses to fill out an “annual meeting disclosure statement” and pay $125 or face the loss of their company’s good standing. The official-looking notices even went as far as to include a direct citation from the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law regarding corporate records, which likely helped deceive business owners.
A recent news release confirms that a subsequent investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which was supported by the Department of State, has resulted in a permanent injunction against “Aaron Williams, Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance, anyone under Williams’ supervision and/or control, and any other fictitious entities operated by Williams.” Under the order, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has the authority to seize and return such mailings to the sender; however, they are asking business owners to keep an eye out for these misleading mailings. If you receive a similar notification, please contact the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations by phone at 717.787.1057, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.