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Attorney General files charges against karate school

October 01, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- The Maryland Attorney General's Office has filed administrative charges against Allstar Kicks Inc., a Hagerstown karate school, alleging the business failed to renew its registration and failed to post bond with the Consumer Protection Division.

Michael and Julie Bolding, owners of the business at 13102A Pennsylvania Ave., also were charged with the violations, Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said Thursday.

Michael Bolding, who on Thursday answered a phone call to a number listed online as belonging to the business, said Allstar Kicks Inc. has closed. The business now open at the location is called Premiere Martial Arts, and he is not the owner, Bolding said.

Bolding would not provide the date when Allstar Kicks Inc. closed. The business' registration expired Sept. 1, 2007, Guillory said.

The state alleges that Allstar Kicks Inc. sold health club memberships and collected advance payments of more than three months without posting a bond with the state. The bonds are a consumer protection, so that if a customer pays money in advance and the business closes, the money can be recouped, Guillory said.

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Facilities must post a bond if they collect more than three months of payment in advance or if they charge an initiation fee of more than $200, according to the Attorney General's Office.

The state also alleges the business tried to collect debts not owed, in violation of Maryland law. The penalty is $1,000 per violation, Guillory said.

In this case, each person who was charged advance money is considered a violation, she said.

The state is seeking an order that would require money to be returned to customers, Guillory said.

A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road in Hunt Valley, Md.

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For information about whether a health club, weight-loss center or self-defense school is properly registered and bonded, visit www.oag.state.md.us/Healthclub.

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