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Published October 12 2012

ND AG orders ‘invoice factory’ to halt business

FARGO – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued cease and desist orders against a Canadian man and what a state official called a “fake invoice factory” for alleged violations of the state’s consumer fraud law.

The orders were issued against All American Pages Inc., and German Lebedev, of Montreal, according to a news release.

Stenehjem said in the news release that the state has received a complaint from a North Dakota business that received an invoice requesting payment of $479 for telephone directory services the business had not requested.

According to Stenehjem, nine Better Business Bureau complaints have been filed against All American Pages. In 2010, the state received six complaints about a business with the same name and services based in Baltimore. The business also shares a post office box with a similar firm in Chicago.

“It appears these entities may be operating a fake invoice factory under multiple business names,” said Parrell Grossman, director of the state’s consumer protection agency.

North Dakota businesses or consumers who have made a payment to All American Pages can submit a complaint form from the Attorney General’s website at www.ag.nd.gov or by calling (701) 323-3404.