AG’s OFFICE HAMMERS DOWN ON DECEPTIVE MOTORCYCLE PARTS DEALER
June 03, 2009
(GOLDENDALE, WA) – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has taklen steps to “keep the dirty side down”* for motorcycle enthusiasts who shop for parts over the Internet.
When bikers across the country began complaining about not receiving the parts they bought from a Washington-based business, the Consumer Protection Division sued the owners, Slade and Shawna Kitchens, of Dallesport, Washhington in September 2008.
Dallesport is a small town of only about 1200 people in Clickitat County. Howeverethe business the two operated was in Goldendale, nearthe Columbia River Gorge.
“The Kitchens took their customers for a ride when they took their cash but didn’t ship their throttle cables, gas tanks and other parts,” said Assistant Attorney General Mary Lobdell in a statement released yesterday. “Today’s court order shuts them down.”
The state accused the Kitchens of violating the state’s consumer protection law by failing to ship orders, provide refunds or obtain required business licenses.
Klickitat County Superior Court Judge Brian Altman agreed, permanently barring the Kitchens from selling or buying vehicle parts or telecommunications equipment over the Internet. The decision also prohibits them from making misrepresentations should they operate another retail business in the future.
COUPLE TOLD TO PAY MORE THAN $89,000
The Kitchens were ordered to pay $25,000 in penalties and $13,400 in restitution for nearly 60 customers. The pair must also reimburse the state for more than $51,000 in attorneys’ fees and legal costs. The order filed today came as a default motion after the defendants failed to respond to the state’s lawsuit.
The Kitchens sold engines, transmissions, seats and other parts online at www.jeffscycles.com and www.cycleparts2007.com. They also sold telecommunications parts online at www.commdataconversions.com. The Web sites are no longer in operation.
The AG”s office said the two conducted business under a plethora of names inlcuding: Jeff’s Cycles, Hood River Cycles, PTC Telecom, Cycle Parts 2007, S&S Cycles, Motor Parts Corp., Vintage Cycle Parts, Prospect Tel. & Cycle, Denver Monahan, Hood River Installers, Comm and Data Equipment, Telcom & Data Resale, Gorge PTC, Refurbishing Dock-Comm & Data Equipment and commdataconversions.com.
Slade Kitchens sometimes used the names Joe Matthews, Terry Reynolds, T. Shine and Denver.
The Attorney General’s Office is mailing letters to consumers starting this Friday. Lobdell said the Attorney General’s Office will do everything possible to collect on the judgment but added the Kitchens don’t have much money.