AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit Against Tucson Business Accused of Scamming Musicians

PHOENIX  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sticks N Strings, Inc., a musical instrument shop in Tucson. The complaint alleges Sticks N Strings and its owner, Anthony Bernard, accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver those instruments to consumers.

“Sticks N Strings should be held accountable for taking its customers hard-earned money and leaving them with nothing in return, ” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "We filed this lawsuit to help these musicians get their money back."

The Attorney General’s Office received seven consumer complaints against Sticks N Strings. According to the Consumer Fraud Lawsuit, one consumer paid Sticks N Strings over $20,000.00 for several guitars and has not received any of the guitars ordered. The same consumer has not received a refund either. The complaint also alleges Bernard falsely claimed to have issued refunds to consumers. All seven consumers who filed complaints with the Attorney General's Office have not received a refund.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Emedi.

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Office in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1 (800) 352-8431. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Arizona Attorney General’s website.

For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.

Full copy of the Consumer Fraud Lawsuit.