A judge has ordered a Florida company to stop mailing notices to North Carolina companies, saying they were in danger of loosing their status as a corporation.
Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall took National Business Registration to court, saying they used threatening and misleading tactics on North Carolina business owners.
The state says the company mailed invoices to businesses claiming they failed to register with them, a requirement under the Federal Patriot Act. The state says the company told firms they needed to pay $487 to avoid dissolution of their corporation. The secretary of state says there is no national business registry maintained by a government on any level.
"This is a scam against North Carolina's business people, plain and simple," Marshall said Friday. "We urge everyone as strongly as we can not to send these crooks any money."
Yesterday a Wake County superior court judge gave the state a temporary retraining order to stop National and its owner Bernd Taubert from calling or sending invoices to any North Carolina business. The attorney general is also seeking to get the court to permanently bar the company from continuing what he calls deceptive practices.