A New York state judge has ruled that a Long Island business must pay a $10,000 civil penalty and reimburse customers for its false statements, tough sales tactics and expensive photo shoots made in the promise of helping aspiring models and actors break into the fashion and entertainment industries.

Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey A. Spinner has barred City Model and Talent Development from recruiting potential models and actors without first disclosing the associated marketing costs and has prohibited the Islandia-based business from charging customers’ credit cards without their prior consent. The ruling, People v. City Model and Talent Development, 09-22233, also demands reimbursement plus 9 percent interest for four customers, a civil penalty and $4,000 for attorney costs borne by the state attorney general’s office.

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