Local oil company focus of lawsuit

March 11, 2008 9:22:01 PM PDT
David P Gappa Oil is accused of failing to deliver on prepaid contracts. Action News consumer reporter Nydia Han first warned you about David P Gappa Oil Company in December 2007. Now Pennsylvania's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the company.

"Mad and disgusted, that he would take our money and run off with it."

That's what Dianna Reppert of Pottstown told us in December about David P Gappa, who operated theoilmen.com.

She prepaid David Gappa for home heating oil but said he failed to deliver.

"And unfortunately Mr. Gappa did not have the oil reserves in order to meet his commitments," said Tom Corbett, PA Attorney General.

So far, the AG's office has received about 100 complaints, more than 60-percent of those complaints were from senior citizens. The AG is now suing David P Gappa and his oil company.

"We're seeking the reimbursement of what they paid Mr. Gappa and we're seeking the difference in the price between what they've actually paid and what they were promised by Mr. Gappa at the time he signed this contract with all these individuals."

Last month Action News updated our viewers that Fleet Fuel of Exton assumed David P Gappa's oil business. Fleet Fuel's owners said he is honoring Gappa's oil contracts and has extended prepaid contracts by 30 days to June 30th.

David P Gappa's attorney told Action News:
To date, Fleet Fuel has delivered more than 80,000 gallons of oil to prepaid customers. Our clients will vigorously defend the accusations. The Attorney General's office has received all information to confirm that the situation has been remedied.

The Attorney General's investigation is ongoing and he is urging any other customers of David P Gappa Oil to file a formal complaint with the AG's office.

You can call 1-800-441-2555 or click here to submit a complaint online.

Full Statement from Sager & Sager Associates, representing David P Gappa Oil:

Our clients are very disappointed that the Attorney General's office has elected to proceed with an action against Mr. Gappa individually and Gappa Oil Company. We do not believe that the Attorney General's office did a thorough and complete investigation before filing the claims. As the Attorney General's office has been advised, Fleet Fuel agreed to honor all contracts entered into by Gappa Oil Company at the pre-paid purchase price. Additionally, Fleet Fuel has agreed to extend the delivery of oil to the pre-paid customers from May 31 until June 30, 2008.

To date, Fleet Fuel has delivered more than 80,000 gallons of oil to pre-paid customers. All pre-paid customers received a notice from Fleet Fuel, as well as contact information for Fleet Fuel for future deliveries.

Our clients will vigorously defend the accusations that were raised by the Attorney General's office. The Attorney General's office has received all information to confirm that the situation has been remedied, but has elected to continue to pursue these frivolous claims against Mr. Gappa and Gappa Oil Company.

Adam Sager, Esquire


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