AUG. 3 I PIANO EXPERTS I LEGAL
of $1M in Fraud
Paul and Peter Biasco, the brothers who ran the now-closed Piano Experts of Naperville, Ill., are being sued for allegedly defrauding customers of roughly $1 million. Members of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed the lawsuit on July 30 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton, Ill.
According to a July 31 article in The Naperville Sun, Paul and Peter Biasco are being sued as representatives of the company and as individuals. They are being charged with violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. According to the lawsuit, the Biascos had approximately 174 outstanding orders totaling more than $975,000 in sales when they closed the Piano Experts’ doors in January 2008.
The suit aims to bar the Biascos from selling pianos again in Illinois and fine them $50,000 for every violation of fraud. According to The Naperville Sun article, Madigan’s staff worked with credit card companies to eliminate more than $300,000 in charges to the Piano Experts customers. Still, 36 complaints involved cash transactions, and that money has yet to be recouped.