Minn. attorney general sues coin dealer over undelivered coins

Published 5:39 am Sunday, November 4, 2012

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a coin dealer for allegedly charging customers for gold and silver coins she failed to deliver.

Swanson filed the lawsuit Friday in Ramsey County against Tiffany Grady of St. Paul, who does business as The Stella Group.

The lawsuit alleges Grady and her business violated state consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices laws.

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One allegation is that an 82-year-old woman received an unsolicited call from The Stella Group, which persuaded her to pay $12,000 for 10 coins in May. The woman later was admitted to a nursing home, and the coins were never delivered.

Swanson plans to seek a court order next week to stop Grady from doing business pending trial.