CASE UPDATE: Kickstarter T-Shirt Scam Defendants Ordered to Pay $260K Following Contempt Hearing
Radiate Athletics, Defendants in Kickstarter T-Shirt Case, Held in Contempt of Court for Not Complying with Terms of Settlement Agreement
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the defendants in the Kickstarter t-shirt case have been held in contempt of court.
Kenneth E. Crockett Jr., owner of Radiate Athletics, Incorporated, failed to comply with the terms of an April 2017 settlement reached with the Office of Attorney General. He operated a West Chester-based sports apparel business that raised $579,000 online from more than 8,500 consumers to create athletic shirts that purportedly changed colors in response to body temperature.
The owner and company failed to deliver the shirts to many consumers as were promised by the defendants, and will now face additional monetary penalties and restitution of $262,606.24 and forfeit the right to do business in Pennsylvania, including online transactions. The court ordered the defendants to pay the monies due under the order by April 12, 2018.
“My office will not stop fighting for the rights of Pennsylvania consumers, whether they’ve been ripped off for $35 by a t-shirt company or a big business for much more,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “We will continue to protect consumers from scams, no matter the dollar amount. $35 is $35.”
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