BUFFALO, NY-- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing FWS Furniture after owners closed up business before customers received their furniture.
FWS closed all three of its locations in October leaving many customers who paid in advance without their furniture or refunds. A creditor took over the assets and liquidated the inventory.
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FWS had stores in Buffalo, Williamsville and Orchard Park.
"This company and its owners operated with a complete disregard for their customers' hard-earned money," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "Many people save for years to make such large purchases, and FWS's careless practices have left customers out in the cold -- with thousands of dollars lost and few options to recover those funds. These unscrupulous business practices ripped off Western New York consumers, and we will hold the perpetrators accountable for this misconduct."
The AG says FWS had 700 open orders at the time of their closing. Some customers were able to get their merchandise, or disputed the charges on their credit cards. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of customers who haven't been able to recoup their loses, which is estimated between $160,000 and $250,000.