Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden regularly sends out announcements about investigations or recoveries involving things like Medicaid fraud or deceptive practices from pharmaceutical giants. But this morning's press release was a bit unusual: Wasden announced that an Idaho reptile seller was the subject of an AG investigation after reports of customers receiving sick or dying creatures.
"This agreement protects consumers from losing their money to a deceptive business opportunity and stops TMT Reptiles [of Coeur d'Alene] from misrepresenting the quality of its animals," said Wasden.
TMT has agreed to pay $15,000 in customer refunds.
According to the investigation, TMT advertised that people "could earn $20,000 to $40,000 per year from breeding genetically superior reptiles." As a result, consumers paid TMT thousands of dollars to purchase bearded dragons, geckos and tortoises, but in many instances, the animals failed to breed or died.
TMT is now prohibited from selling animals that are sick or dying, making claims about genetic qualities that can't be substantiated, and keeping its animals in dirty, overcrowded or inhumane conditions.