Des Moines-based company fined for making misleading statements about COVID-19 cleanup process, says Iowa AG

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines-based security and janitorial company will face a hefty fine for what the Iowa attorney general’s office says is a violation of consumer fraud law.

According to the Iowa AG office, Heritage Building Maintenance claimed that the antimicrobial cleaning process they were licensed to use by Science-Proven Microbial Control provided protection against the transmission of COVID-19 to surfaces for 30, 60 or 90 days after application.

The settlement that has been reached means that Heritage Group, Heritage Microbial Control LLC, SPMC LLC and Joseph Johnson must pay a penalty of $ 75,000 and offer refunds to customers. The service has been sold to about 65 customers in the metro, including school districts, medical facilities, municipalities and large employers.

“At the onset of the pandemic, we shared concerns that companies would try to sell cleaning services based on unfounded claims to prevent the coronavirus, wasting Iowa residents’ money and potentially harming their health. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said. “We were delighted to come to a resolution with Heritage Building Maintenance and finalize this agreement which reimburses customers and terminates these claims. ”

The parties named in the settlement denied any wrongdoing.

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