Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday (May 25) against the owner and former managers of the now-defunct Adventure World RV, a dealership that had locations in Shirley and Ayer, Mass., the Boston Globe reports.
The state attorney general accuses dealership owner David Hirsch and two managers, Catherine and Robert Hirsch, of defrauding customers out of at least $2 million. Robert Hirsch is the brother of David Hirsch.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court, accuses the Hirsches, of committing “multiple acts of consumer deception.”
According to the court documents, Kevin Coleman of Tyngsborough, Mass., went to Adventure World RV in Shirley to refinance his $48,000 loan. But according to Coleman and the attorney general’s office, the dealership never paid off the original loan and did not apply payments from Coleman to the refinanced loan.
“I’m on the hook for both loans,” Coleman told the Globe. “I own my own business. I would never do this to my own customers.”
Reilly alleges that the dealership did not pay thousands of dollars in outstanding loans on RVs traded in by consumers, provide titles to RVs sold, deliver vehicles and extended warranties purchased by customers, or make promised repairs.
Robert Hirsch, reached by phone at home by the Globe Tuesday, said he was not aware of the lawsuit. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Robert Hirsch. “I was a salesperson.” Robert Hirsch added he is personally owed $100,000 in back pay and loans.
A hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction to block the Hirsches from selling RVs in Massachusetts again is scheduled for June 4. The lawsuit also seeks restitution of at least $2 million to the 29 people who have filed complaints with the state attorney general’s office.
Adventure World RV filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization on Jan. 16 and the dealership closed during February, according to earlier published reports.