Investors accuse Bruno air conditioning of embezzlement in lawsuit
Louis Bruno could be kicked out of his own company if investors get their way.
Bruno Total Home Performance offices in Bonita Springs were raided by law enforcement in January, and the company is part of an active criminal investigation being conducted by the Florida attorney general.
Investors Larry and Arby Lipman filed a lawsuit in Lee County to remove Bruno from managing the company’s finances and demand that he provide them with financial records.
The Lipmans are the family behind Lipman Family Produce, which touts itself as the largest field tomato grower in the country.
According to the suit filed Feb. 6, the Lipmans own 50 percent of Bruno, LLC. As recently as February 2018, it has infused $600,000 dollars into the company.
The suit claims Louis Bruno embezzled money, put company money into his personal bank account, entered into improper contracts with customers and broke the law.
“I just saw this lawsuit last Thursday and immediately called the other attorney to advise that Mr. Bruno had no problem with opening what books and records he had access to and to advise them that we would be filing a motion to dismiss the complaint,” wrote Robert Burandt, an attorney for Louis Bruno, via email.
The attorney representing the Lipmans did not return a phone call from WINK News today. The Lipmans are not the target of the Attorney General investigation.