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Corporation Commission and Attorney General Warn Business Owners of Dubious Solicitation

PHOENIX—The Arizona Corporation Commission and Attorney General Terry Goddard are warning Arizona business owners that an organization calling itself the “Board of Business Compliance” is sending out official-looking documents to advertise its service of preparing annual meeting minutes for corporations. The solicitation, requesting payment of a $125 fee, is not a Corporation Commission document and the Board of Business Compliance is not in any way affiliated with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Business owners and their representatives are not required to file with the Board of Business Compliance, nor are business owners required to pay the $125 fee.

The document looks very similar to Corporation Commission filing documents and the private firm making the solicitation creates confusion by using language in its solicitation that is similar to that in Corporation Commission documents. The Board of Business Compliance forms carry an official looking time deadline for filing and include the Arizona Corporation Commission file number assigned to the business. Further, a search of the Board of Business Compliance return address, places it at a UPS store in downtown Phoenix.

If you believe you are a victim of fraud or if you have received this document, please contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1-(800)-352-8431. To file a complaint online, please visit the Attorney General’s web site at www.azag.gov . To file a complaint in person, the Attorney General’s Office has 37 satellite offices throughout Arizona with volunteers available to help. Locations and hours are posted on the Attorney General’s web site.

Editors/ Producers: Sample copies of the Board of Business Compliance form can be faxed to you upon request. Official Corporation Commission documents can be viewed online and printed from the Commission’s web site at http://www.azcc.gov/divisions/corporations/filings/forms/index.asp .