Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Malows Jet Ski Rentals, LLC, and its owner Fariba Badre and manager Mahriar Akbari. Malows Jet Ski Rentals is accused of using misleading advertisements and charging consumers far more than advertised prices.
The Defendants allegedly advertised “$65 ALL DAY” jet ski rentals but charged up to $225 for jet ski rentals on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. The Defendants’ advertisements allegedly failed to disclose additional fees to launch and recover the jet skis and gasoline charges.
In addition, the State’s lawsuit accuses the defendants of: •refusing to refund consumers’ refundable deposits even when the consumers did not cause damage to jet skis or did not owe the full amount of the deposit;
•charging consumers for damage to rentals that were damaged prior to the rental; and
•overcharging consumers for gasoline based on the wrong size gasoline tank.
The State’s lawsuit, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, asks the defendants to pay consumer restitution, attorneys’ fees, and a fine of up to $10,000 for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act. This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Alyse Meislik in the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by contacting the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer.