Mo. AG settles with firefighter, beef jerky charity scheme
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement Tuesday with the owner of an Oklahoma beef jerky vending franchise resolving allegations that he failed to deliver and made dishonest claims.
James Adam Jenkins, the owner of BK Premium Products, sold franchises to vend beef jerky for $2,500 and allegedly promised franchisees that 25 percent of the proceeds would go to one of two charities. Jenkins mostly sold the franchise kits to firefighters in Springfield and St. Louis. The settlement resolves allegations that Jenkins failed to deliver materials to operate the franchise and that he never donated any of the $2,500 to charity.
"I know that many Missourians have placed money in these types of canisters with full confidence that their donations were going to charitable organizations," Koster said. "It is contemptible that anyone would defraud others in the name of charity, and this office will aggressively go after those who do."
Under the terms of the settlement, Jenkins must provide full refunds to all of the franchisees. Additionally, Jenkins must make quarterly reports to Koster's office listing the total donations, total sales and charities receiving the donations through December 31, 2013.