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ACCC Pursues $50,000 Penalty Against Printer Cartridge Scammer

The ACCC has launched action against a man previously ordered to pay $50,000 for his involvement in the “false or misleading representations” of a telemarketing company selling printer cartridges.

The Federal Court found in 2013 that Artorios Ink had engaged in “misleading or deceptive” conduct in its operation selling printer cartridges to businesses between 2008 and 2012, and had made “false or misleading representations” to five small businesses.

Tuan Nguyen, the sole director of Artorios Ink, was ordered by the Federal Court to pay $50,000 for breaches of consumer law.

These breaches include representations that the small businesses had agreed to purchase printer cartridges even though no agreement was in place, that Artorios Ink was “an approved, regular or current supplier of the business” when this was not the case, and that the company had launched legal proceedings to obtain payment

“If businesses and individuals do not pay penalties ordered by the Court in ACCC proceedings, the ACCC will take action where appropriate to enforce payment of those penalties,” said ACCC deputy chair Dr Michael Schaper.

Nguyen previously filed for bankruptcy which has since been discharged. The ACCC is now seeking a garnishee order that would force Nguyen’s employer to withhold part of his wages to pay the $50,000 penalty.

“Individuals who have contravened the Australian Consumer Law cannot escape paying Court ordered penalties by filing for bankruptcy. As in this case, the ACCC may take action after they are discharged from bankruptcy,” Schaper said.

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