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US v. Paul Hall (Vends R Us)


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US v. Paul Hall, Case No. 11CR00255-KD (SD AL)

Most Recent Update 10/4/11

Update 10/4/11: On September 30, 2011, Paul H. Hall, 66, was charged with defrauding consumers in a vending machine scheme. A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Alabama returned an indictment which charged Hall with five counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of criminal contempt. The indictment states that in 2009-2010 Hall operated a business called “Vends R Us” from his home in Mobile, Alabama. Vends R Us sold a “business opportunity” for approximately $11,200 that was supposed to include ten snack vending machines, good locations for vending machines, and ongoing customer assistance. Vends R Us advertised in newspapers throughout the United States. According to the indictment, Hall misrepresented the profits that purchasers could expect to earn and the availability of locations. The indictment also charges that Hall used a fake name to try to hide his activities. Hall was ordered by a federal judge in 2005 not to be involved in the sale of business opportunities in a civil case previously filed against him by the Department of Justice in connection with earlier vending machine business opportunities Hall sold.

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