This couple, Valerie and David Hoffman have a history of deceptive business practices specifically with their previous internet business: Sage Advice Herbs aka Sunrise Herb Farm, which was run from their then home in CT. This is not just my opinion -- the CT Attorney General's office has an ongoing lawsuit against Valerie Hoffman and press articles about their suit against her have been published in many CT newspapers. These people are internet thieves.
I am only one of hundreds (possibly thousands) of internet customers who were scammed by Valerie Hoffman and her Sunrise Herb Farm "business". I filed a complaint with the CT AG's office and I have been assured by them that one day I will get restitution for the money Ms Hoffman scammed from me. In fact I was contacted by the CT AG's office only last week to let me know the case is scheduled for trial in mid-December. Apparently Ms. Hoffman is so arrogant that she believes she will fight the AG in court rather than agree to make restitution to the hundreds of unwitting consumers she defrauded during the past few years. The AG's office has hundreds of consumers who were scammed by Valerie Hoffman willing and able to testify against her in court.
I hope Ms. Hoffman is aware that the AG's office can levy a fine on her of $5,000 per incident, plus require restitution if she loses this case -- hopefully that would be enough to wipe her out and maybe she might have to sell the oceanfront house in Maine she purchased with the money she stole from consumers via her internet business.
I just want to clarify that the lawsuit and the complaints against Ms. Hoffman and Sunrise Herb Farm have nothing to do with the product she sold -- it pertains to a businesss practice she carried out in which she obtained a customer's credit card account # or debit card account # and then continued to charge these accounts for merchandise until the customers realized what was happening and had to close out the credit card and debit card accounts in order to stop the withdrawals or charges to their accounts. The Attorney General's office has stated that in some cases she charged/withdrew thousands of dollars from individual consumers' accounts. In my case I realized what was happening pretty quickly into the process and only lost about $400.00.
Bottom line is the Hoffmans are bad people who should be stopped from conducting any type of business and it seems as though this "oceanfront rental" business is par for the course with them -- just another scam!
Sea Girt, New Jersey