Defunct health club faces state charges Charges aimed at Physiques of Belvedere.

May 13, 1991

The Maryland attorney general's office has charged a defunct health club with selling club memberships three months in advance without being bonded and continuing to sell memberships shortly before closing. Physiques of Belvedere, located at York Road and Belvedere Avenue, closed on April 30, 1989.

"Our office will not tolerate health club owners and operators who fail to properly bond their club, take people's money, and then shut the club down," Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a release.

Named in the charges were Physiques Management Inc., which operated the club; Physiques' owner, Frank Citrano; the club's manager, Marshall Wilson; the club's promoter, Direct Health Promotions and Consulting Inc. of Meadville, Pa.; and Direct Health's owners, Mike and Kathy Kalustian.

A hearing on the state administrative charges has been set for July 16.

Physiques sold more than 130 memberships between Nov. 15, 1988, and April 1989. The attorney general's office is seeking $12,000 in refunds for people who paid in advance for membership.

Interested parties should write the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland attorney general's office, 16th Floor, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, 21202.

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