- Why did the chicken cross the ocean?
- To avoid the DCI!
Annette Bosworth has left the country with at least two consumer complaints against her pending in the state Attorney General's office.
A South Dakotan contacted me this morning and provided proof of purchase of a ticket for the now-infamous Preventive Health Strategies Moody County land raffle. This source has provided a credit card statement showing payment of $1,000 to Preventive Health Strategies of Sioux Falls in October 2012. This source has provided the following e-mail from PHS confirming the purchase [#### indicates personally identifying information redacted at the request of the source]:
From: PHS [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: ####, October ##, 2012 ####
Subject: land raffle
Thank you for your land raffle purchase. Your ticket number is ####. Feel free to make additional purchases to increase your chances of winning the land at https://heroes.meaningfulmedicine.org/
<http://www.imgivingawaythefarm.com/> or calling us. We will notify you when the drawing will take place.
PHS (Preventive Health Strategies)
phone (605) 368-1741
Recall that the July 15, 2013, deadline for this raffle drawing came and went with no action by Bosworth or PHS.
This ticketholder says initial efforts to contact PHS and request a refund were met with evasion. The ticketholder says Bosworth's sister and bookkeeper Peggy Craig specifically was "rude and adversarial" (sound familiar?) claiming that she knew nothing about the raffle and did not work for PHS... this despite her name appearing at the bottom of the raffle-ticket confirmation e-mail.
The ticketholder finally succeeded in contacting Bosworth's husband and PHS chief Chad Haber in November. Haber reportedly said at that time that PHS just didn't have the money to pay the ticketholder back... which is bogus, since if you are conducting a raffle, you put the money you raise in an escrow account and don't touch it until you draw.
Haber also told the ticketholder in November that only three ticketholders had not received refunds. Haber has since failed to return the ticketholder's calls and e-mails, so the ticketholder has filed a complaint with the Attorney General.
And now Annette and Chad are off flying around the world on a medical mission trip, on money that, if we add up the full ledger, doesn't really belong to them.
Watch out: her next flighty e-mail to supporters will probably tell them to go steal petitions that don't belong to them, scratch out Rhoden's and Nelson's names, and write hers on top of already gathered signatures.
Three ticketholders have now confirmed to this blog that PHS, Chad Haber, and Annette Bosworth have cheated them out of $1,000 each on the Moody County land raffle. Bosworth still refuses to offer any public response to these very serious grievances. And she now gets to enjoy at least a week away from the prying questions of the press and the public.
Tangentially related: Attorney General Jackley is proposing legislation to strengthen consumer protection laws. The proposals will include amendments "increasing the punishments for deceptive acts committed on both consumers and businesses" and "allowing the Attorney General’s Consumer Division to collect attorney fees in consumer protection cases."