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AG Fitch and Centurion Filing Services reach settlement



Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch

The Attorney General, Lynn Fitch, and Centurion Filing Services, LLC, who operates as MS Certificate Services, have reached a settlement. The allegations are that the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act was violated by Centurion Filing Services, LLC

“It’s hard enough to start a business without someone misleading you, especially in a pandemic,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “I stand by my commitment to protect Mississippi consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices that seek to scam them out of their hard-earned money.”

The company solicited new business owners with elements that seemed to make the interaction seem official, with seeming official state forms. The company charged a fee to obtain a Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of State. Over three times the actual cost was charged to businesses.

Nearly 6,000 businesses have been affected, losing around $374,125.

Under the agreement Centurion must do the following:

  • Stop using the solicitation that the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office deemed deceptive and use a format approved by the state.
  • Refund any customers who believe they were misled by the solicitation letter.

Anyone who has paid Centurion for a Certificate of Existence, used this form and believes they were a victim may request a refund by contacting Centurion  or the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

A refund of $62.50 may be due, but requests for the refund must be within 3 years of making the payment to Centurion. Anyone with questions may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 601-973-4938.

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