Casey Olivera, a prominent Christian influencer best known by her alias Dana Chanel, has been found guilty of fraud. Authorities believe Olivera has been scamming clients, and she’s been ordered to pay them nearly $87,000.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced the settlement on Sept 12 to resolve lawsuit between Olivera and Philadelphia-based companies co-owned and promoted by the influencer.
“Advertising in today’s world has changed, and people trust personalities they follow online to promote desirable goods,” Attorney Henry said in a release. “In these cases, consumers were misled by the influencer and businesses that did not deliver on purchases. My office has taken a hard stance against potential harm inflicted on Pennsylvanians online.”
Olivera promoted a credit repair business (Defendant Credit Exterminators, Inc.) and mobile app developer (Alakazam Apps) to her online following of nearly 800,000 consumers. The lawsuit alleged that Olivera and the businesses, which she co-owned, violated state consumer protection laws by misleading consumers and failing to deliver purchased goods and services.
The settlement provides dozens of impacted consumers with more than $87,000 in restitution payments, along with civil penalties and costs.
The settlement prohibits Olivera from future deceptive conduct in all of their businesses, including:
- failing to deliver goods and services
- misrepresenting the quality or value of services; and
- contracting with consumers under different terms than those advertised.
Credit Exterminators and Alakazam Apps are noted as defendants in the lawsuit. They’ve been ordered to pay $87,269.91 in consumer restitution, $31,000 in legal costs, and $6,000 in civil penalties