Your favourite Bible-toting product placer is again within the information this week. Founder of Christian cellular app “Sprinkle of Jesus” and proprietor of hair and skincare model The Curl Bible has now been sued by the workplace of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for allegedly scamming the identical neighborhood she claims to empower, small Black enterprise homeowners. There have been reports of shady business dealings with the Philadelphia-primarily based Instagram influencer for years. The complaints primarily got here from different Black Philly enterprise homeowners who as soon as sought out her companies for advertising and marketing and credit score restore, however claimed they by no means acquired the companies they paid for.
Has the influencer—whose actual identify is Casey Olivera—confirmed herself to be a rip-off artist? While she has constructed a web-based neighborhood of over 750,000 followers who’re the primary supporters of her model and affiliated firms, has she managed to play us all underneath the guise of the “Millennial millionaire mentality?”
“Dana Chanel built a following online by presenting herself as a Black woman-owned small business success story,” Shapiro acknowledged. “She advertised the products of her companies as a way for other Black small business owners to achieve what she did. Then, she ripped off the same community she claimed to care about.”
The ”Sprinkle of Jesus” app, which is principally devoted to providing each day devotional content material to its subscribers and enterprise consultancy to Christian entrepreneurs, was additionally used to market app-constructing companies to others who desired to create the same neighborhood for themselves. The mother or father firm of the app, Alakazam Apps, LLC, which Chanel owns along with her father, Nakia Rattay, was charged Friday in a lawsuit filed by the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
Several complaints filed are by prospects claiming to have paid the corporate for app-constructing companies and steering on find out how to maximize their use, and have acquired neither an app nor a refund.
“Some consumers who paid monthly hosting fees to Alakazam never received a completed mobile app from the company or received a mobile app that lacked a minimum level of functionality necessary to give the product any value to the consumer,” the lawsuit says.
One buyer who paid Chanel’s firm upwards of $2,000 by no means acquired the app they paid for, and reached out to Chanel over ten instances, but by no means acquired a response, the lawsuit claimed.
Other complaints embody prospects who paid Chanel’s different firm, Credit Exterminators, for credit score clearup companies which, you guessed it, they mentioned they by no means acquired, in response to the lawsuit. When prospects reached out to credit score bureaus to observe up on the standing of disputes, they had been rapidly made conscious that the disputes the corporate had claimed to make on their behalf had been by no means filed. Efforts to succeed in out for refunds as soon as once more hit a brick wall.
“It’s hard enough these days for workers in Philadelphia,” Shapiro mentioned Friday. “We can’t have bad actors breaking the law and making it even harder for folks to resolve their bad credit or keep their small businesses afloat.”
Dana Chanel has but to make a public assertion on the allegations.