Beach Bums file criminal complaint over alleged scam
More details are coming to light over an alleged scam involving the Traverse City Beach Bums.
Businesses were given flyers selling advertisements in the 2014 game schedule.
The flyer claims the schedules will be distributed to local banks, grocery stores and sports bars. It also promises television announcements on USA, HGTV and ESPN.
The flyer is signed by Billie Finnell.
According to the state of Kentuckyâ??s arrest web site, Finnell was arrested in Kenton County for fraud in 2009.
Finnell is also listed as the owner of The Eagle Group, LLC.
According to the Better Business Bureauâ??s web site, Eagle Marketing Group, LLC was ordered to pay $1,396 in restitution for violations of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The suit alleged that Eagle Marketing, LLC sold advertising space on posters featuring the logos, names, images trademarks and game schedules of athletic teams without license or authorization.
Traverse City attorney Shawn Worden said Billie Finnell has an alias of Billie Stracener.
She has been convicted of at least four felonies.
Worden has not finished a review of Finnellâ??s conviction history yet.
The Beach Bums have filed a criminal complaint with the Grand Traverse County Sheriffâ??s Office.
Worden said The Beach Bums are most concerned with the well being of their fans and customers.
â??We truly believe this to be a scam,â?? Worden said. â??The Beach Bums have been and continue to be contracted by local businesses and customers claiming that Circle Media has contacted them selling advertising on the Beach Bumsâ?? behalfâ??.