Miller alleges consumer fraud in Brooklyn man’s solicitations promising winnings of $5,000 a week
DES MOINES – The owner of a New York-based company that sells allegedly deceptive systems for winning at gambling, including the lottery, slot machines, roulette and horse races, will permanently stop targeting Iowans through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.
The agreement, called an assurance of voluntary compliance, requires Stephen L. Young, of Brooklyn, to stop soliciting Iowans for systems that claim to achieve better-than-chance results in lotteries or other chance-dominated gaming activities. Young denies liability.
The agreement requires Young and his operations to make refunds to any Iowan who requests one within the next six months. Miller urges any Iowan denied a refund to contact the Consumer Protection Division.
Young sold a $75 system to Iowans called “$5,000/Week ‘Super Power Lotto,’” and other so-called “big-money” gambling systems. The mail solicitation assured Iowans there was no risk, because of an “ironclad 1-Year unconditional guarantee” promising a full refund, “no questions asked.”
But an Iowan who bought the systems complained to the Consumer Protection Division that Young’s company completely ignored his well-documented written request for a refund.
“In this case the company kept its promise to not ask any questions about the refund request, but broke its promise to actually make the refund,” Miller said.
Young owns FPH Communications Publishing and operates through other business names, including, National Funds Clearing House, Communications Publishing, American Grant Network, and Hamilton Publishing.
“Based on complaints we receive, those offering phony formulas and systems to get rich by supposedly beating the odds in lotteries and other gaming pry a lot of money from Iowans each year,” Miller said. “If these systems really generated big gambling winnings as claimed, you can bet that the sellers would be making their money by using their own systems, rather than by duping unwary consumers.”
For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Consumer Protection Division through the Attorney General’s website at www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers can also call the Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926, or outside the Des Moines area, toll free, at 888-777-4590.