LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state of California is seeking to recover some $800,000 that it says was defrauded from 33 African-American churches in Southern California in a computer-kiosk leasing scheme.
The attorney general’s office said Monday it sued four companies and four individuals, two of whom are serving prison sentences in Michigan in connection with the nationwide scheme.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
The Superior Court lawsuit says the defendants persuaded churches in 2006 to enter into expensive leases for shoddy computers housed in wooden cabinets, promising that advertisers would make the lease payments on the kiosks.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
When churches failed to make the payments, the leasing companies sued to collect the money.
Defendants Tanya and Wayne Wilson of Rancho Cucamonga, who allegedly pitched the deal to California churches, could not be immediately reached for comment.MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show
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