SAN DIEGO — The San Diego city attorney's office has fined a store specializing in the sale of women's undergarments more than $100,000 because of a fraudulent gift-certificate program.
Deputy City Atty. Tricia Johnson said Victoria's Secret Stores Inc. offered "free" $10 gift certificates that were actually discount coupons requiring a purchase of at least $50.
Johnson said Friday that the city's Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit acted on a complaint from a San Diego woman who tried to cash in such a certificate but discovered she had to buy $50 worth of merchandise to have the price reduced by $10.
"The position we took is that the public has come to understand a gift certificate to mean a piece of paper worth what the dollar figure says it is," Johnson said.