Consumer Protection BC has issued a compliance order and an administrative penalty against S. Prasad Holdings Ltd. (DBA Surrey Cash Now) a licensed payday lender based in Surrey BC, for:
- Charging fees exceeding the limits prescribed by the regulation when cashing government assistance cheques, contrary to section 112.13 of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA), an administrative penalty of $4000
In addition to the administrative monetary penalty, the business has been ordered to repay all money received from consumers for cashing government cheques in the cases identified, and to reimburse Consumer Protection BC costs for the inspection in the amount of $1,500 within 30 days.
By law, the business has 30 days to request a reconsideration of the decision.
All money received from administrative penalties is deposited into the Consumer Advancement Fund (as required by section 169 of the BPCPA).
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