Businesses accused of fake solicitations

Complaints were filed Thursday in San Diego against businesses accused of sending fake government documents to small business owners to bilk them out of more than $3 million, according to the state Attorney General.

The defendants allegedly mailed solicitations to small businesses that appeared to be official government documents claiming the businesses were in danger of losing their corporate or limited liability status if payment was not made within a short period of time.

The lawsuits name the operators of Compliance Annual Minutes Board, Annual Review Board Inc., Business Filings Division, LLC, Corporate Filings Division and Corporate Compliance Filings Inc.

“These cases will send a powerful signal that small business owners must be on the alert,” Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a statement.

“These rip-off artists sent official-looking documents through the mail for the sole purpose of duping small business owners into paying them money - for no value in return.”

Brown’s lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court, seeks to recovermore than $3 million.