Media contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213
BISMARCK, ND - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today issued a Cease & Desist Order against Joseph Elkhatib, dba Sports Media Marketing, of Fort Worth, Texas, for violations of the state’s consumer fraud law, do not call law, and charitable solicitations laws. Elkhatib uses several other business names in his alleged fraudulent activities, including Boost Sports Integrative Media LLC, High School Sports Advertising, and Sports Media Advertising.
Elkhatib and his fraudulent companies make calls to local merchants falsely claiming to represent a high school in that area, and then solicit donations and sales claiming to benefit the school’s fundraising activities. In fact, complaints elsewhere in the country indicate that products such as promotional cups and banners are never actually delivered to the business sponsors as promised.
The Consumer Protection division received information about fraudulent solicitations made by Elkhatib’s businesses claiming to represent Century High School and Legacy High School in Bismarck, and West Fargo and Sheyenne High Schools in West Fargo, over multiple school years. Elkhatib did not cooperate with the Attorney General’s initial inquiry, and also ignored a formal demand for information about his activities in North Dakota.
Although there are no reports of monetary losses in North Dakota, Elkhatib and his various fraudulent companies are the subject of a consumer fraud action in Indiana for the same fraudulent conduct. There also are dozens of complaints from victims across the United States filed with the Better Business Bureaus.
A separate company with a similar name, Sports Media Inc. dba SportsMedia.net, of Severance, Colorado, is not the subject of this investigation and order.
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