– The Office of the Attorney General
and State Division of Consumer Affairs have
filed suit against six furniture companies
and the two men who operate the companies,
alleging that consumers paid for merchandise
that they either did not receive or was not
as ordered, among other alleged violations.
of these companies were unable to obtain
refunds, and in some cases, were not told
furniture they ordered had been discontinued,
according to the State’s eight-count
Complaint filed in State Superior Court
in Union County. In other instances, refund
checks issued to consumers bounced due to
lack of funds.
alleged deceit and deception committed by
these defendants will not be tolerated,”
Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.
“Consumers were defrauded of their
hard-earned money and we are working to
obtain restitution and to hold these defendants
defendants named in this complaint are Lev
Stanik, 45, of Rahway, N.J., and Roman Tyger,
45, of Brooklyn, N.Y. They operated the
following furniture businesses: LaFlat Inc.,
LaFlat Group, Inc.; LaFurniture & Design
Ltd.; LaFurniture Corp.; LaFurniture Group,
Inc.; and Tyger Furniture a/k/a TG Furniture
businesses are located in Rahway, Ridgefield,
Lyndhurst, Fair Lawn and Edison. Transactions
also were conducted through multiple websites
maintained by the defendants.
is a major expense and the approximately
39 consumers who have filed complaints to
date are collectively owed over $100,000,”
said Eric T. Kanefsky, Acting Director of
the State Division of Consumer Affairs.
“Through this action, we hope to get
this money back and stop these companies
from defrauding other consumers.”
state’s Complaint charges that the
defendants violated the state’s Consumer
Fraud Act through various actions, including:
Missing specified delivery dates;
Not replacing non-conforming or damaged
Non-delivery of furniture;
Not issuing refunds;
Charging consumers even after orders were
Failing to display the selling price;
Employing bait-and-switch tactics; and
Failing to post a refund policy.
governing mail order practices and advertising
also allegedly were violated.
Raquel Williams in the Commercial Fraud
Unit within the Office of Consumer Protection
conducted the investigation of this case.
Deputy Attorney General Sabina McKinney
in the Division of Law’s Consumer
Fraud Prosecution Section is representing
the Division of Consumer Affairs.
who believe they have been cheated or scammed
by a business, or suspect any other form
of consumer abuse, can file a complaint
with the State Division of Consumer Affairs
by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846
(toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.
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