(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a consumer protection settlement with Gem State Mobile RV Repair and owner Wesley Rives. The agreement requires the Boise company to cease operations and prohibits Rives from owning or managing another repair business in Idaho.

Consumers reported paying Rives more than $9,000 for repair services he never provided. Rives also failed to refund consumers their pre-payments.

The agreement with Gem State Mobile RV Repair includes a restitution provision requiring Rives to refund consumers who filed complaints. However, the attorney general expects Rives to file bankruptcy in the next 30 days. If Rives files bankruptcy, his financial obligations under the settlement will be adjudicated by the bankruptcy court. Consumers who receive a notice regarding the bankruptcy may want to consult with a private attorney about their legal options.

“I appreciate consumers who took time to file complaints with my Consumer Protection Division about this company’s business practices,” Wasden said. “These reports led to the settlement and the owner’s prohibition from opening this kind of business again. Being alerted to problematic businesses helps my office ensure a fair marketplace for Idahoans.”

Consumer complaints can be filed with the Office of the Attorney General here.