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Florida AG sues Nationwide Pools

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suing a pool company that was the subject of an 8 On Your Side investigation this spring.

Numerous customers of Pompano Beach-based Nationwide Pools contacted 8 On Your Side about unfinished pools and difficulty getting answers from the company. The customers said they had already paid thousands for the pools.

In some cases, customers said subcontractors who worked on their pools weren't paid, prompting concerns about liens against their home.

Bondi is suing Nationwide Pools and its owner Keith Stuart, alleging the company violated Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, using "false and deceptive marketing practices."

The lawsuit alleges Nationwide charged for unnecessary upgrades and credit card surcharges and got customers to make progress payments for work it had no intention of completing.

"Floridians should be able to trust the companies they do business with, and they should receive the services advertised or promised," Bondi said in a statement. "We will continue to protect Florida's consumers by enforcing Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act."

There are still unfinished pools by Nationwide in the Tampa Bay area, including one at the home of Taqi Gillani.

"After they got my last payment, they stopped calling me, they stopped communicating," Gillani said. "They said, 'OK we'll send somebody.' They fool me for almost two months."

Gillani said he's paid about $40,000 but workers haven't been to his home since January. His pool sits unfinished, collecting water and attracting mosquitos.

After hearing about the lawsuit, Gillani said, "I want them to go hard on them, catch them and don't let them do it for other people."

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and restitution for consumers. It also aims to ban the company and its owners from future pool construction.

To file a complaint with the Florida Attorney General's office, go to www.myfloridalegal.com.

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