The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office has filed a 14-count criminal complaint against TV Authority, a local electronics merchant, and two of its corporate officers, Neil Bruce Kusens and Jason Palmer.

TV Authority, was at 410 Broadway in Santa Monica and sold high-end televisions and other electronics. In addition to the store in Santa Monica, the business sold merchandise over the Internet at the Web site TVAuthority.com/, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The complaint alleges that TV Authority and its officers violated state law by taking payments from numerous customers but failing to provide the merchandise or a refund.

The defendants are also charged with operating a business without a license.

In addition, Palmer is charged with operating a business called Arthouse Gallery without a license. Arthouse Gallery was located at 416 Broadway, in the same building as TV Authority. It opened in July last year as a showroom and a resource for its affiliated partners, interior designers, architects and homebuilders to visit with their clients.

That location is also closed.

Each of the 14 offenses charged is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of six months in county jail and a fine of $1,000.

The defendants are set to be arraigned in LAX Superior Court Tuesday, December 4th.

The City Attorney’s Office is continuing its investigation of the case and anyone who has lost money to TV Authority is asked to immediately contact the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at (310) 458-8336.

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