Couple fined $885K over magazine scam that included GJ
A former Evergreen couple will be forced to pay nearly $1 million in fines for fraudulently running a door-to-door magazine sales campaign in Colorado.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that Jennifer Proffitt-Payne and Cody Payne employed youths from all around the country to sell magazines in a door-to-door scheme that represented a long-term pattern of deception.
The companies covered under the judgment include Great Lakes Circulation and American Cash Awards.
Attorney General John Suthers said the couple pressured consumers into purchasing magazine subscriptions that never arrived or claimed the sales would benefit the military, charities and schools, but they did not. The couple then changed company names to make refunds impossible.
Proffitt-Payne is ordered to pay $500,000 and Payne is ordered to pay $385,000 in civil penalties along with thousands in restitution and attorney costs.
The couple came under scrutiny after consumers filed hundreds of complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section and the Better Business Bureau of Denver and Boulder.
Three of those complaints, filed beginning in 2007, came from areas in and around Grand Junction, the Attorney General’s Office said.