(Almost) free invoices and brand new systems, but the offer is a bluff: flurry of complaints

On paper, this offer seemed absolutely unmissable: brand new heating systems with important technological features and (almost) free electricity or gas supply. This is enough to explain why the offer has received subscriptions from the Apennines to the Andes. “Thousands of people are involved all over Italy: we have cases from Veneto, Tuscany, Terni and Umbria,” says Massimo Longarini, the lawyer responsible for Umbria from the Codici association. These days the Green Project “situation” is being acted upon. “We wrote to the company, the financial company, the antitrust authority that initiated their investigation, and forwarded the documents to Italian prosecutors.”

Currently, the investigation carried out by the financial police and coordinated by the Venice Public Prosecutor’s Office sees four individuals registered in the register of suspects with the hypothesis of serious fraud in order to obtain public funds. These are energy bonuses, that is, the tool that should guarantee that customers get energy systems and materials at a lower cost and the company makes money.

How did the proposal work?

Because the system essentially worked like this: The customer was offered to sign a contract consisting of two parts. The first of these concerned the creation of hot or cold home heating systems, including home automation systems as a further option.

“The company also promises customers the opportunity to use energy services at affordable prices,” explains Longarini, a lawyer who follows all the practices taken over by the Codici association. That is, to see that a significant supply of electricity or gas is guaranteed thanks to “an agreement with a company”. In fact, this led to contracts worth between twenty and thirty thousand euros, where the technical part (construction of systems) had an impact of approximately six to seven thousand euros. Part of the bill would be paid by tax deductions, and part by taking out loans for those who were not available.

But the result was this: “The systems were installed and partially delivered – explains the lawyer Longarini – and after the first invoices, payments were stopped. So the supplier began to make demands from the end customers.” And troubles, investigations and communications began.

“We wrote to the company, objecting to the breach of contract and at the same time asking for the termination of the financing contracts. But we also considered another issue. That is, the law regulating the energy bonus is actually the possibility of predicting bills for energy supply. Therefore, the cost that the possible bonus will cover is more than the total amounts. was lower”.

In short, there are many knots to be solved. “We have reported the matter to the antitrust authority and are now waiting to confirm the developments.” Meanwhile, while we await judicial developments, the Green Project “people” are growing with bills to pay and installments to be paid. Without getting what he expected in return.

Source: Today IT