CT wood pellet distributor appears in bankruptcy hearing - WFSB 3 Connecticut

CT wood pellet distributor appears in bankruptcy hearing

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Alleged victims of Wilsonville Power appear at bankruptcy court in Hartford on Wednesday. Alleged victims of Wilsonville Power appear at bankruptcy court in Hartford on Wednesday.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The owner of a failed Connecticut wood pellet business wouldn't answer questions from the media, but he certainly revealed plenty in bankruptcy court on Wednesday.

Alan Meisler appeared in court in front of two dozen clients who said he still owes them money or product that was never delivered.

Meisler owns Wilsonville Power, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month after failing to provide wood pellet fuel to 174 customers.

Meisler started the wood pellet distribution business in North Grosvenordale last April. He accepted money up front months in advance from hundreds of customers, but never fully delivered them. Then the business folded.

On Wednesday, those former clients wanted to confront him face to face in a bankruptcy hearing.

"Sounds like it’s all for naught,” victim Mike Fasshauer said. “I'm ashamed, ashamed this guy is getting away with this again. I don't feel justice is being served."

The victims, such as Fasshauer, rented a bus and headed to the bankruptcy hearing in Hartford.

Those victims stressed that company principal Meisler took tens of thousands of dollars from them up front. Then, he allegedly paid himself and family members and friends and never fully delivered the promised wood pellets they paid for.

"Bankruptcy court is something he's familiar with,” victim Ed DeLuca said. “His family is familiar with anybody can file for bankruptcy and move on."

Bankruptcy trustee attorney Thomas Bascarino told the crowded courtroom "what disturbs me is you take in all these deposits and not deliver."

The trustee said Meisler also used the name Albert Walter for e-mails and other businesses. A combination Meisler said of his dad's and grandfather's names. Then wrote a $17,500 check to that fictitious person for rent and renovation of the building they didn't own.

Wilsonville Power LLC customers said they already got burned and are hoping to get a percentage of the failed company’s assets.

Meisler refused to talk to the media and slammed a door in the face of Eyewitness News reporter.

The state's attorney’s office can't talk about whether or not a criminal investigation is underway. 

As for Connecticut’s attorney general's office, they enforce civil law which includes the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and may go after Wilsonville Power LLC and possibly its associates.  

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