By Warren Woodward, Sedona Resident
(March 19, 2014)
On March 4th I filed consumer fraud complaints with the Arizona Attorney General’s (A.G.) office against both Navopache Electric Cooperative and APS for lying about their “smart” meter transmissions as proved in my two recent videos (here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BjMGaQdmxY and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_TLCd3Litg).
Today I got letters from the A.G.’s office saying my complaint “appears to fall within the jurisdiction and authority” of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). In my opinion, it “appears” the A.G.’s office is avoiding their statutory responsibility under A.R.S. 44-1522 to protect consumers from fraud.
Here is A.R.S. 44-1522. Note that there is no exception made for utilities.
44-1522. Unlawful practices; intended interpretation of provisions
A. The act, use or employment by any person of any deception, deceptive or unfair act or practice, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, or concealment, suppression or omission of any material fact with intent that others rely on such concealment, suppression or omission, in connection with the sale or advertisement of any merchandise whether or not any person has in fact been misled, deceived or damaged thereby, is declared to be an unlawful practice.
On the same day as I filed complaints with the A.G.’s office I also filed an informal complaint against Navopache and APS with the ACC. True to form, the ACC ignored me. So today I have filed a formal complaint of fraud against APS with the ACC.