The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against a Philadelphia woman alleging she misled homeowners in the city by sending them solicitation letters that gave the appearance she was connected with the city's Department of Records.

Wanda Rogers, 57, of the 2700 block of Cranston Road in West Philadelphia, 
allegedly sent letters to homeowners asking them to pay a fee to obtain a copy of the deed to their home. Her letters sought a processing fee between $135 and $227, the AG's Office said in a news release Tuesday.

Rogers, who did not work for the city or have any connection with it, listed her business as the Philadelphia Deeds and Registry Offices, the AG's Office said. She allegedly listed fictitious government officials on her letters and made them look official.

Rogers, who does not have a listed phone number, could not be reached for comment. Her court docket does not list an attorney for her.

"These deceptive practices and misrepresentations caused confusion and led consumers to believe they were dealing with the City of Philadelphia," Attorney General Bruce Beemer said in the news release. "The law requires companies making solicitations of this nature to state clearly that they are not associated with a government agency."

Beemer and Philadelphia Inspector General Amy Kurland said in the release that homeowners can obtain a copy of their deed, on their own, for little or no cost.

The lawsuit seeks to permanently ban Rogers from engaging in future unfair or deceptive acts or practices, seeks full restitution to all consumers who have suffered losses and requires Rogers to pay civil penalties.

The suit, filed last week in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, was the result of an investigation by the AG's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General, the city's Department of Records and the Philadelphia Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Consumers with questions, or who would like to file a complaint, may contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection by phone at 800-441-2555, by email at consumers@attorneygeneral.gov or by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.