LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Attorney General is stepping in to temporarily stop a Southwest Florida air conditioning company from doing business.
This morning, a temporary injunction is in place to stop Service Star, according to the Attorney General's Office. The state also put a freeze on the company's assets.
For more than a year we've been exposing the business practices of Service Star. Customers say they were overcharged for air conditioning equipment they didn't need. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has fined Service Star multiple times for violating the state's Do Not Call list. And the Charlotte County construction industry licensing board kicked Service Star out of the county.
Despite today's announcement from the Attorney General's Office, it's not clear what effect this will have.
When we spoke with Service Star's owner, Salvatore Tavolacci, in October, this is what he had to say: "Listen to me, I am glad to be out of the A/C business. OK? I've had nothing but heartache. I've lost a lot of things in my life because of that business."
Tavolacci tells us this is all part of a witch hunt against him. He said he's out of the A/C business, and is currently working for his father's repo business.