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AG files lawsuit after wood pellet company leaves customers in the cold

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — When the Wilsonville Power Company closed up shop and filed for bankruptcy, more than 100 customers were left in the cold.

Call 12 For Action has learned a lawsuit has been filed against the wood pellet company and its owner, Alan Meisler.

Meisler advertised and sold wood pellets for at least eight months before going out of business.

Back in February, Jeffrey Gavlik said he prepaid for eight tons of wood pellets to heat his Harrisville home through the winter.

His check was cashed but most of the pellets he purchased were never delivered.

“That would our whole heating for the winter,” he said.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has now filed an “unfair trade practice” lawsuit against the Wilsonville Power Company and Meisler.

According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, the “defendants had received approximately $90,000 of prepayments to supply approximately 400 tons of wood pellets to customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”

The state claims Meisler only supplied 74 tons of wood pellets.

The complaint says:

“By November of 2015, Defendants knew that they could not secure the wood pellets needed to fulfill their prepaid wood pellet customers. Nonetheless, Defendants continued to solicit and accept thousands of dollars of prepayments…”

According to the Attorney General, Meisler and his company “knew, or should have known that their conduct was unfair or deceptive.”

He went on to say that Meisler’s “omission and practices have been and are unfair as they have resulted in substantial injury to consumers and are unethical, unscrupulous and immoral.”Call 12 For Action tried repeatedly to get in touch with Meisler to get his side of the story. So far, we have not been able to track him down and his attorney has not returned any calls or emails. 

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