Four Wayne County men, including two brothers and one’s son, are accused of cheating consumers by selling used motor oil as new and under-filling containers.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges Wednesday.
Those charged are: Moussa Kaddough, 58, of Dearborn; Ali Kaddough, 34, of Dearborn; Joe Kaddough, 61, of Dearborn Heights; and Ayman Faraj, 36, of Canton Township. Ali Kaddough is the son of Moussa Kaddough, who is the brother of Joe Kaddough. The four were arrested Monday and arraigned Wednesday.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Moussa Kaddough and Joe Kaddough own and operate City Petroleum in Dearborn, which wholesales motor oil and transmission fluid products labeled “City Star” to retailers throughout Michigan.
Ali Kaddough is an employee at City Petroleum.
Faraj is owner/operator of Detroit-based Star Petroleum, which sells wholesale motor oil and transmission fluid labeled “Star” to retailers (independent gas stations, and discount and party stores) throughout the state.
According to Schuette, the state began investigating the companies in 2013 after complaints City and Star Petroleum allegedly did not fill containers to the 32 ounces listed on the label and the product was used motor oil instead of new. Both alleged infractions violate Michigan’s Weights and Measures Act for improper labeling.
All four suspects face the same charges: four counts of intentionally offering for sale an improperly labeled commodity, felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $20,000 fine; two counts of possession of an unsealed/uncertified measuring device used for the sale of a commodity, misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
The Attorney General’s Office has issued stop-use and stop-removal orders for motor oil and transmission fluid manufactured, packaged and/or distributed by both companies, which means their products may not be used or sold within Michigan.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased improperly labeled City Petroleum or Star Petroleum products can contact Schuette’s Consumer Protection Division: P.O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI 48909, call toll-free: 877-765-8388, or file a complaint online at www.michigan.gov/ag (click on “File A Complaint”).