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Attorney General DeWine Sues Swimming Pool Installation and Repair Company for Consumer Law Violations


(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a lawsuit against central Ohio-based pool installation and repair company The Pool Man, Inc. and its owner, John Gueli Jr., for multiple violations of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act.

“As spring continues and with summer around the corner, it is important to research any companies or individuals before hiring them for your outdoor home improvements,” DeWine said. “There are many unscrupulous contractors looking to take advantage of hardworking consumers.”

John Gueli Jr. owns The Pool Man, Inc., formerly located at 4106 East Main Street in Columbus, Ohio. The business offered construction, installation, and repair of outdoor swimming pools.

According to the Attorney General, Gueli took money from consumers for construction or repair of swimming pools. After accepting the payments, the business either failed to perform the work or the work was shoddy.

The lawsuit charges Gueli and The Pool Man with violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act. Specific violations include failure to deliver and performing shoddy and substandard work. The lawsuit seeks consumer restitution, a permanent injunction, and civil penalties.

DeWine urges consumers to research businesses with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau before signing any contracts or making any payments.

Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or by calling 800-282-0515.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Media Contacts:

Lisa Peterson-Hackley: 614-466-3840
Eve Mueller: 614-466-3840

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