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AG office bans three business owners from operating after shady business practices

AG office bans three business owners from operating after shady business practices

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

The Attorney General Office is sending out a strong message to business owners who engage in shady business practices by banning three different owners from operating within the state.

Derek Harris of Geo Marketing, LLC, of Boise; Kasey Thompson of Idaho Promotions LLC, and Philip Braun, owner of the Caldwell-based Canyon College of Idaho, Inc. have all been ordered by the AG office to stop conducting business after Attorney General Lawrence Wasden explained, “The activities of these three Treasure Valley business owners represent the variety of consumer protection issues my office handles every single day.”

Geo Marketing had numerous business complaints after Derek Harris was accused of misrepresenting the amount of savings promised to customers who brought his security, satellite television systems and internet services. When customers realized they hadn’t saved any money, they tried to contact Harris, who had closed the business.

Thompson who owned Idaho Promotions Group LLC was accused of misrepresenting terms for a financially disastrous RibFest held in Nampa and a 2014 Boise Spring Wedding Show. Thompson paid $300 in fees to the AG and had to agree to stop advertising and selling promotional goods within the state.

Braun who owned Canyon College of Idaho, INC. was accused of operating a college that students claimed that the credits they received were not accepted by accredited by universities or employers.

In June, Canyon College filed a no-asset Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in federal court in Boise. The court closed the bankruptcy on July 22.