The announcement by Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce said Tru Talent has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine to the Division for consumer restitution, not conduct business in Utah for one year, cease all wage garnishments and waive all collection agency actions against current Tru Talent customers.
Giani said “The Settlement will help hundreds of Utah consumers who were pressured into costly modeling classes while never receiving auditions and other services promised to them by Tru Talent. Now Utahns who had dreams of fame and fortune but were dragged into debt will have their collection accounts disappear and wage garnishments stopped."
To be eligible for a consumer claim in this settlement, consumers must have had signed contracts with Tru Talent dated before the settlement agreement. In addition, the Division is allowing consumers to file claims with Consumer Protection until Dec. 31, 2011. Consumers may file a complaint for claim regarding Tru Talent through the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at www.dcp.utah.gov or call (801) 530-6601.