Thursday December 16, 1:16 pm Eastern Time

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SOURCE: Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Luzerne Co. Toy Seller Accused of Failing to Deliver `Pokemon' Cards Sold Over the Internet

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher today took action against a Luzerne County toy seller accused of failing to deliver the popular ``Pokemon'' children's trading cards that he sold to dozens of consumers on several Internet auction websites.

Fisher said a modified consent petition was filed against Jamison T. Piatt, RR4, Box 28, Shickshinny, Luzerne County. The enforcement action resolves claims that Piatt accepted payment for ``Pokemon'' cards but failed to deliver the items to consumers, a violation of Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Today's action modifies a January 1999 consent petition that accused Piatt of accepting payment and then failing to deliver dozens of Furby toys that he advertised for sale over the Internet last December. In that case, Piatt was ordered to pay restitution, civil penalties and investigation costs.

According to investigators, Fisher's office in October 1999 received complaints from more than 30 consumers who purchased ``Pokemon'' cards from Piatt via the eBay auction website. Consumers claimed that Piatt cashed their checks almost immediately, but failed to deliver the cards within 30 days. Thirteen similar complaints were also referred to Fisher's office from the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office in Scranton.

``Unlike in the Furby case, Mr. Piatt did possess the cards, but failed to deliver them within a reasonable time period. In fact, some consumers still hadn't received their cards months after their checks were cashed,'' Fisher said. ``My Bureau of Consumer Protection has ensured that all of the affected consumers will receive their purchased items or be issued a refund.''

Piatt is required to:

The modified consent petition was filed in Luzerne County Court by Deputy Attorney General J.P. McGowan of Fisher's Bureau of Consumer Protection Office in Scranton.

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