Attorney General Madigan Sues South Suburban Event Promoter for Allegedly Defrauding Consumers

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Madigan Alleges Defendant Demanded Upfront Payments to Promote Events that Never Occurred

Chicago —(ENEWSPF)—September 24, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser

Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit last week against Lee R. Martin, of Richton Park, Ill.  The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that Martin promised people he would produce concerts, parties and other events in exchange for large upfront payments. He also requested upfront payments for investment and sponsorship opportunities for fake events he claimed he was producing. Madigan alleges Martin defrauded at least 12 consumers out of nearly $40,000.

In addition to requesting down payments, Madigan alleges Martin lied about his qualifications. When the date of a supposed event neared, Madigan alleges Martin would become unresponsive to the point at which the event would be canceled. Consumers would then seek refunds that Madigan alleges Martin never provided.

Attorney General Madigan said, “Mr. Martin stole money from people from around the country by falsely promising to produce significant events like birthday parties, a book event or a fashion show.  This defendant must be held accountable for his scam.”