Sep 28, 2016 11:28 AM
NH couple sued by Vermont AG for 'ripping off' crowdfunders to save drive-in
BETHEL, Vt. - A New Hampshire couple is being sued for illegally soliciting contributions for a digital projection to "save" the Randall Drive-In.
Bill Sorrell, from The Attorney General's Office said that those who "rip off Vermonters through the improper use of crowdfunding can expect to be held accountable for their illegal acts."
The complaint alleges that Adam Gerhard and Regina Franz and a company operated by them, Capture the Dream, violated Vermont's Consumer Protection Act when they raised money for the projector through campaign created on Kickstarter.com.
At least 257 people donated more than $22,000, including several who donated upwards of $500, towards the projector.
The couple allegedly made misrepresentations and omissions about the future of the Randall Drive-In, and about the costs of the projector.
The couple said that the cost of the digital projector would be $75,000, and require a down payment of $20,000, when it cost $36,300 with a down payment of $6,000.
The lawsuit seeks restitution for all persons who were defrauded by the defendants’ solicitations, civil penalties, an injunction preventing further consumer fraud violations, and costs.