2 vacuum reps charged in Oceana County

BENONA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two vacuum cleaner salespeople have been arrested in connection with using high-pressure sales tactics in Oceana County.

Darnell Burton was arrested on May 20 in Eaton County and Brenda Spicuzza turned herself in on May 27 in Oceana County. Both are facing a misdemeanor charge of trespassing, according to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrests stem from an incident that happened on May 6 at Joyce Reams’ home in Benona Township, west of Shelby.

Reams told 24 Hour News 8 that for hours, Burton and Spicuzza, who said they worked for a company called CEZO, pushed her to purchase a $900 Kirby vacuum cleaner.

Friday, 24 Hour News 8 contacted CEZO’s Grand Rapids’ office about the charges.

CEZO said it performs background checks on all of its associates. The company also said in a statement that it has addressed the complaints with its dealers, and said that one of the people involved in the case is no longer with the company – but it isn’t Burton or Spicuzza – rather, it is a third dealer who police say is still at large.

Reams told 24 Hour News 8 that CEZO recently sent her flowers. She said the card that came with the flowers said, in part, “I am very sorry for the actions of my independent sales people. I certainly will address their behavior with them.”

Both Burton and Spicuzza have bonded out of the Oceana County Jail.

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