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Boat dealer sued over sales tactics

The Indiana attorney general has filed a lawsuit in Allen Superior Court against a Fort Wayne boat dealer, accusing him of deceptive business practices.

According to the lawsuit filed last month, Dream Power Sports Inc., which does business as Dream Toy Store, and its owner, Sean Dada, have failed to provide customers with boats and trailers they ordered, or refund their money.

Attempts to reach Dada were unsuccessful and a message left at the company was not returned.

In March 2011, the company’s watercraft dealer license expired and no one ever renewed it with the Indiana secretary of state, according to court documents.

The lawsuit alleges that on at least five different occasions, customers purchased boats and other equipment from the Dream Toy Store.

Daniel Cauchi, an Australian, purchased a 2007 Bayliner 185 and a trailer for $13,194. He spent an additional $5,675 to have the boat and trailer shipped to Australia. He wired the full purchase price to Dada and the company in January 2010, but never received the items, nor did he get all of his money back. Cauchi is still owed $12,369, according to court documents.

In February, Eugene Alexander purchased a 1995 motorboat and trailer for $15,642 but never received either. Attempts to obtain a refund from Dada were unsuccessful, according to court documents.

In the three other cases, Dream Power Sports sent the boats and trailers to the customers, but never sent them titles to the vehicles they purchased, according to court documents.

Accusing Dada and his company of violating the state’s deceptive consumer sales act, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is asking an Allen Superior Court judge for a permanent injunction, as well as restitution and civil penalties, according to court documents.

rgreen@jg.net

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