State AG serves former Troy resident $800,000 judgment via Facebook

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 5, 2019

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TROY — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel served an approximately $800,000 default judgment to Christopher Carr, formerly of Troy, through Facebook, after a judge approved it.

According to Nessel, Carr, who owned Fan Authentics, an online sports-themed retailer, fled Michigan and did not respond to the attorney general through ordinary channels.

On his LinkedIn social media page, it states that Carr is an expert at digital marketing, print on demand and e-commerce, and that he is a “serial entrepreneur.”

It lists Tampa, Florida, as an address.

Under significant accomplishments, it states: “In the first month in doing online advertising campaigns his efforts generated $100,000 in profit on new sales at an average ROI (return on investment) of 313 percent on ad spend.

“Built over 10 (plus) six figure a month Shopify/e-Commerce stores and brands from the ground up.

“Built and oversaw a 4,000 square foot print-house in Michigan that printed and produced: T-shirts, hoodies, cotton leggings, dye sublimated leggings, phone cases, canvas art, mugs, and more.

“Created, organized, and managed a team of over 30 people to help assist in the production of apparel and print on demand products, graphic design, and online advertisements.”

Nessel sought and obtained an order from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady III allowing the Michigan Department of the Attorney General to serve Carr through Facebook, where he had remained active.

Carr was found to have violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, collecting credit card payments for goods through his websites, fanauthentics.com and printrageous.com, and failing to deliver those goods, according to the attorney general.

Those websites and his Facebook page were not valid at press time.

Carr was served with a default judgment of nearly $800,000 and an injunction.

He is required to pay that within 28 days of entry of the order.

Canady also granted Nessel’s request to dissolve Carr’s two limited liability corporations in Michigan — Authentics LLC and Printrageous LLC — and stop him from selling any goods or services to Michigan consumers through the internet or any other medium.

“Thousands of consumers were robbed of their money by Christopher Carr’s deceitful online business practices,” Nessel said in a prepared statement. “I want this action to send a clear message that even if you leave the state, we will pursue you. This office will go after those who use the internet to exploit consumers.”

An attorney for Carr could not be reached by press time.

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