WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - State investigators are turning up the heat on a western NewYork wood pellet company accused of defrauding hundreds ofcustomers. The company has been ordered to put up or shut down.
Jon and Sandra Wilkinson are paying a steep price to stay warmthis winter after getting burned by a wood pellet dealer.
Back in the spring, Jon and Sandra preordered $4,500 worth ofthe wood bits from Allegany Pellets of Wellsville, a good deal,they thought, since they were supposed to be buying direct from themanufacturer.
But once the weather turned, and it was time to crank up thefurnace, all they got were excuses. So the Wilkinsons ended upbuying their pellets from a big box store, on a credit card, sothey wouldn't freeze.
That is why Deputy Attorney General David Sampson told News 4,the Consumer Fraud Bureau got a restraining order against AlleganyPellets, and its owners, Paul and Iasia Ceglia.
As their website states, the Ceglias are barred from taking anymoney from new customers until they fill their existing orders,amounting to about $200,000.
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