LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) The Texas Attorney General has ordered a defunct Lubbock fitness center to repay its customers thousands of dollars.
Last April, we warned viewers of a fitness club under criminal investigation for ripping off 1,500 people. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott arranged for nearly $50,000 of reimbursement to victims on Thursday.
Back in August, the state charged Extreme Fitness and Wellness owners Shon and Desiree Perez with numerous violations after accepting prepaid membership dues. Turns out the Perez' never ordered any workout equipment or even opened the facility at all. Their assets were frozen, preventing them from transferring or spending money from their business accounts. Court documents indicate the couple collected about $40,700 in advance memberships. Investigators say they used the money to buy vehicles, a boat, and a LakeRidge Country Club membership.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with Dr. Jason White who paid almost $1,000 dollars for memberships for eight of his employees. As of Thursday, he says he still hasn't received one penny back.
Texas Attorney General Freezes Assets of Extreme Fitness Owner
He collected $40,000 in gym memberships but never opened a gym. The Texas Attorney General is asking a court to make Extreme Fitness owner Shon Perez refund all his customers.
Extreme Rip-Off?: Where's the Money?
A lot of people are still missing their money and the gym they joined is still closed for business. Many of you have contacted us wondering what's going on with Extreme Fitness. Investigator Cecelia Jones follows the money trail in this NewsChannel 11 Investigation.