Scam is illegal in Avon, but not in Eagle County
eagle county correspondent
EAGLE COUNTY ” Avon police arrested two women in connection with an alleged door-to-door magazine selling scam, but an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy did not make arrests in a similar case.
Avon police arrested the women because they violated state statute and gave false information to police, authorities said. Sheriff’s Office officials called the door-to-door sales unethical but legal.
“At this point, we have no reason to believe that citizens who made purchases won’t receive their magazines,” said Deputy Mark Pons of the Sheriff’s Office. “However, markup on the products is going toward the teenagers’ commission; it won’t be used for any local soccer camp.”
All but one of the Kay’s Naturals, LLC salespeople contacted by both departments lied when they told residents they were raising money for a soccer camp, according to police accounts. Two women were arrested by Avon police after using deceit to sell something, which is theft, said Avon police Officer Aurion Hassinger.
Ashley Renee Jones, 22-year-old Arizona resident, and Jessica Latoya Davison, 20-year-old New Jersey resident, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and criminal attempt to commit other misdemeanor, according to an Avon police report.
Davison also was charged with theft and Jones was charged with false reporting to authorities, said Krista Jaramillo, spokeswoman for the Avon police department. Avon police previously reported that two teenagers were ticketed for attempted theft ” that information was incorrect.
All telephone numbers listed in the Avon police report were disconnected, except for Davison’s ” she did not return messages left on her voicemail. An e-mail sent to an address listed on Kay’s Naturals’ Web site requesting comment got no response.
The people who work for Kay’s Naturals, LLC are using a legitimate company’s name to commit theft, said Ann Jones Kazemzadeh, president of Kay’s Naturals, Inc. Kay’s Naturals, Inc. trademarked its name in 1997.
Around 2002, the company began receiving calls from people across the United States who said they were victims of scams in which someone had used the name Kay’s Naturals. The calls come in waves and then died down for some months, she said.
Kay’s Naturals, Inc. sells high-protein snacks for athletes and diabetics, not books, she said.
Kay’s Naturals LLC’s Web site did not state when the book-selling company began doing business with that name.
The Sheriff’s Office received 14 reports from residents that salespeople from Kay’s Naturals tried to sell them books and magazines in Edwards and Eagle-Vail, said Sara Cross, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Four of the five teenagers told citizens they were selling the products to cover the expense of attending soccer camp, she said.
The salespeople gave some checks from residents to Deputy Mark Pons when he investigated the incident, Cross said. Pons called the owner of each check and all 14 canceled their orders, Cross said.
Some people may not have reported their incidents to police, Cross said.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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