TALLAHASSEE, FL – LawFuel – Legal Newswire – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his office has sued a Marathon internet company over allegations that the company misrepresents the nature of nursing education courses it offers and the ability of students to use the courses for credit. Medceu, Inc.
advertises that its classes are accepted in “virtually” all 50 states and the District of Columbia when in fact very few states accept Medceu, Inc.
credits and a number of states have actually posted warnings about Medceu, Inc. on their nursing board websites.
The Attorney General’s Office has received numerous complaints about the company and owners Mark and Faith Freedman. The Freedman’s company claims to be an internet provider of web-based continuing education credits for nurses. After registering and paying a fee, a student can view the classes on-line and take a test. If the individual passes the test, he or she can allegedly print out a certificate verifying that the class was taken and passed.
Website customers are provided with a chart that implies Medceu is approved by every state with mandatory continuing education requirements, but the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) warns that the company “is neither accredited by ANCC nor approved through any of the ANCC approvers.”
Medceu, Inc. also does not appear to verify the backgrounds of the nurses providing its online training courses.
In addition to the advertising and certification issues, the Attorney General’s Office has received complaints that Medceu, Inc. makes unauthorized charges to credit cards and withdrawals from bank accounts once it has consumer information. Attempts to resolve consumers’ complaints with the company were not successful, leading to today’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, asks for consumer restitution and injunctions against the Freedmans and their company. A copy of the lawsuit is available online at: