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Jessup Health Club charged by Maryland Attorney General’s Office

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office has charged Anytime Fitness, a health club in Jessup, for violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act and law governing health clubs by failing to back up $50,000 in advanced payments by its customers.

With the charges Attorney General Brian Frosh seeks to make the business, Legacy Fitness Center Inc., and its owner, Susan Mancho, stop violating state law, pay restitution and civil penalties for its offenses, Frosh’s office announced Tuesday.

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Mancho could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

The charges stem from a provision of the state’s Health Club Services law that says such businesses that collect more than three month’s payment in advance must provide the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division with a surety bond, letter of credit or cash deposit sufficient to reimburse customers if the business was to shut down, according to Frosh’s office.

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Legacy Fitness provided no such capital, the office announced. Nor did it provide the consumer protection outfit with annual reports from a certified public accountant outlining the amount of money the business is required to post bond for.

Frosh’s office said that the club and Mancho failed to replace a $50,000 surety bond and the public accountant report showing $50,000 would cover its customers advanced payments.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley to address the charges.

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