SOUTH AMBOY, N.J. — The New Jersey Attorney General announced Tuesday that the state has reached a $128,838 settlement with Beacon Metals, a scrap metals company based in Freehold and South Amboy.
In July 2021, the State Department of Weights and Measures inspected Beacon Metals truck scales in South Amboy and found short weight readings. OWM learned that a company had tried to repair his scale in January of that year, and it was inaccurate, so he recommended replacing it.
But Beacon Metals didn’t install the new truck scale until two weeks after the state’s July inspection. The Attorney General has identified approximately 16,000 transactions where consumers were shortchanged due to mis-scaling.
The state attorney general said customers were “deliberately defrauded of money” by a weights and measures scale that “beacon metals knew was not working properly for six months.”
Attorney General Matt Platkin said, “Through this settlement, we are showing all metal-buying businesses, whether scrap or precious metals, that their scales are more accurate. You can catch it.