May 9, 2019
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced her office has launched an investigation into the business practices of Life Quest of America and its owner the Zampieri Family Trust, created by John Michael Zampieri III. The for-profit telemarketing company based in the state of Wyoming is alleged of lying to potential customers, claiming it has a blind and disabled workforce to get consumers to pay excessive prices for common household goods.
Nessel’s Corporate Oversight Division filed a petition seeking investigative subpoenas against Life Quest of America in Ingham Circuit Court, in an effort to obtain documents and testimony from the company after reviewing the consent judgment entered into by Life Quest and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for similar practices. The review of investigative materials provided by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office revealed Michigan consumers may have been victimized by the company as well.
The investigative subpoenas were granted by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda M. Stokes and were served to Life Quest of America and Mr. Zampieri late last week.
“It is simply cowardly and desperate when a company feels it needs to lie to consumers to illicit sympathies to close a deal,” Nessel said. “When unscrupulous businesses appear to be taking advantage of Michigan consumers, my office will intervene and take appropriate legal actions to protect consumers.”
According to the ex parte petition filed last week, the Attorney General has probable cause to believe Life Quest of America and its related individuals and entities are violating Michigan’s Consumer Protection Act. Through the subpoenas, the Attorney General seeks to gather additional information that can be used to determine whether a lawsuit should be brought, and who the appropriate defendants should be in any such suit.