Company charged with bilking veterans

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Attorney General's office charged an Accokeek based company with ripping off the veterans they claimed to help.

The consumer protection division of the attorney general's office charged James E. Mack and his company Benefits U Earned, LLC with violating the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by illegally offering to assist veteran's with claims for benefits that are available for free.

The indictment alleges that Benefits U Earned was not accredited by the Department of Veteran's Affairs and illegally  charged veterans as much as $1,500 for services that should be free.

"The very least we can do to give thanks to those who have served their country is ensure they are not taken advantage of by unscrupulous vendors," said Attorney General Gansler. "These services are provided free of charge to military servicemembers and should be performed by qualified and trustworthy businesses and individuals."

A hearing on the Statement of Charges is scheduled for March 25 at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Consumers with complaints against Mack or Benefits U Earned, LLC, may call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569; write to 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; or file a complaint online at http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/complaint.htm.

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