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Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro sues NJ social media influencer Dana Chane, Philly-based corporations for deceptive clients

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Pennsylvania Lawyer Basic Josh Shapiro has sued a social media influencer, her relations and their Philadelphia-based corporations.

The swimsuit alleges that Dana Chanel of Sewell, New Jersey, whose actual identify is Casey Olivera, together with the co-owners of the businesses misled customers and did not ship items and companies as promised.

It says the influencer promoted credit score restore companies provided by Credit score Exterminators Inc., later rebranded as Earn Firm, LLC, and cell app growth companies by Alakazam Apps, LLC.

Chanel co-owns and operates Credit score Exterminators/Earn Firm together with her sister, Cassandra April Olivera, and Alakazam Apps together with her father, Nakia Rattray.

“Dana Chanel constructed a following on-line by presenting herself as a Black woman-owned small enterprise success story,” Shapiro mentioned in a press launch Thursday. “She marketed the merchandise of her corporations as a manner for different Black small enterprise homeowners to realize what she did. Then, she ripped off the identical group she claimed to care about.”

In a single instance, the swimsuit says a shopper who runs a nonprofit group realized about Alakazam Apps by Chanel’s Instagram web page. She paid the corporate $2,000 believing she would work straight with the builders to create her customized app. The swimsuit says she by no means obtained an app from Alakazam.

“She contacted the corporate over ten occasions by way of telephone and 4 occasions by way of e-mail, but she by no means obtained a response or a refund of any cash she paid,” the swimsuit claims.

Shoppers who really feel they had been victimized by Alakazam Apps, Credit score Exterminators, and/or Earn Firm can file a criticism on the lawyer basic’s web site or contact the Bureau of Shopper Safety at 800-441-2555.

“It is laborious sufficient as of late for employees in Philadelphia,” Shapiro mentioned. “We won’t have dangerous actors breaking the regulation and making it even tougher for folk to resolve their low credit or hold their small companies afloat.”

Olivera has not commented on the swimsuit.

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