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Iowa Attorney General Sues Davenport Business For Alleged Advertising Scam
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is suing a Davenport business for allegedly running a nationwide advertising scam. In a civil lawsuit, the state named Alphonso Barnum; his wife, LaFayia Kay Barnum and his mother, Willie Nance as the defendants behind the scams. The Barnums allegedly ran several businesses including City Wide Promotions, Top Faith Solutions and New Start Media which promised to create and distribute promotional items such as posters promoting high school sports teams. The state alleges that these businesses collected money for advertising space on posters and calendars and promised to distribute them around communities, but they never created anything more than mock-up drafts or samplers. The Barnums sold advertisements ranging from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars.