Minnesota Attorney General’s Office Brings Complaint Against Mud Run Series

That’s among a allegations in a censure brought by a Minnesota Attorney General’s Office opposite a inhabitant mud-run array for women called LoziLu, that has abruptly canceled all of a races, close down a website, and mostly disappeared, withdrawal many women wondering where their income went.

It didn’t go to charity, according to a profession general’s complaint. The censure alleges that a company’s new owner, who went by an alias, is a convicted charlatan who has been sued in state and sovereign justice some-more than 40 times and has some-more than 30 delinquent judgments opposite him totaling some-more than $2.5 million.

And it says a owners gave no income to a cancer gift whose name and trademark LoziLu used in a promotional materials, a gift that supports cancer investigate and patients in a name of a 28-year-old who died of leukemia.

“We attempted to give [LoziLu’s owner] a advantage of a doubt,” pronounced Mary McLean, who with her family set adult a charity, called Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric (L.I.F.E.), in memory of her late son. “We only could not trust that anyone would take income from people who are pang with something as terrible as cancer and put it in their possess pocket. When we satisfied that that’s accurately what was happening, it was like a strike to a gut.”

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LoziLu had put on races, many of them good reviewed, underneath prior owners, and gave 5 percent of a deduction to L.I.F.E. That came to $77,516.86 over dual years, representing roughly all of a charity’s income, that helped some-more than 60 cancer patients and upheld a investigate hearing during a McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research during a University of Wisconsin-Madison, L.I.F.E. reports.

When a association was sole final year, a new owner, Bradley Peters, told a McLeans he would continue that deal, according to McLean and a Attorney General’s Office. The McLeans concluded to let him use a L.I.F.E. name and trademark to assistance marketplace a races, that were scheduled for 15 cities including Charlotte, Dallas, Milwaukee, New York, Phoenix, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C.

Peters, whose genuine name is Frederick Kellogg, did not respond to requests for comment. His four-bedroom home in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, from that he ran a company, is adult for sale for $199,900, real-estate annals show. The Attorney General’s Office says Kellogg was convicted of transgression burglary by imitation in Itasca County, Minnesota, in 2012, one of a many judgments opposite him.

The LoziLu website stopped operative around Oct 20, and a Facebook page—filled with indignant posts from women wanting to know where their refunds are—has not been updated given Aug 4. The many new refurbish announced that all remaining 2015 races were canceled “due to a poignant boost in word costs and over 50 percent diminution in curtain participation” and that “all runners will automatically accept a full refund.”

Under Kellogg, a profession general’s censure contends, LoziLu promoted and marketed a races as being for charity. The website pronounced a runs were “all to assistance kiddos with cancer have a destiny of fun,” prosecutors say. They contend photos compelling a events were superimposed with a difference “Helping Young Patients with Cancer” and “Fight Cancer With Mud,” and there were references to cancer patients, survivors, and charities.

The proffer page pronounced volunteers were “giving immature patients with cancer a possibility to live,” according to a complaint. It says an internet ad in Jun for a Twin Cities eventuality that seemed on a Runner’s World and Mud Run Guide websites said, “LoziLu exists to assistance immature patients with cancer live happier lives.”

An email to past runners selling one event, a censure says, featured dual stories of cancer patients it pronounced had been helped by income lifted by LoziLu. It says LoziLu also claimed on a website that some-more than $125,000 had been donated to L.I.F.E. given LoziLu began.

When a events began to be canceled, runners mostly were given small or no notice, several unclear women told a Attorney General’s Office and scores some-more have pronounced on amicable media. Some protest of engagement hotel bedrooms and display adult to dull fields. In during slightest one case, a sand run was scheduled in Broomfield, Colorado, even yet a city had not released a permit. Some indignant runners complained to L.I.F.E.

“Eventually when things weren’t operative out as they were ostensible to, and we perceived no money, we started removing all these terrible emails about people not anticipating a venues set up,” McLean said.

The gift sent a cease-and-desist minute to Kellogg in Aug perfectionist that a name and trademark be private from selling materials. The Attorney General’s Office says they weren’t. After innumerable complaints from runners, a remuneration processor Active announced in a matter that it had “ceased serve estimate of all LoziLu eventuality registrations.”

Runner Jennie Baker pronounced she sealed adult for a Milwaukee LoziLu race, that was scheduled for June, though got an email dual days before a date observant it was being deferred to Sep 5. So that’s when she and a crony done a four-hour expostulate to Milwaukee.

“We went there and got to a residence and zero was there,” pronounced Baker. “The initial thing my crony and we suspicion was, this is a scam. Where is everybody?”

Baker eventually perceived a reinstate from Active.

As for L.I.F.E., McLean said, it has roughly no income other than what it got from LoziLu before Kellogg bought a company. “To consider that we competence not be means to tarry and keep ancillary these [cancer patient] field is unequivocally tough to take, since we were perplexing to compensate it forward.”

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking polite penalties, restitution, and authorised fees for LoziLu’s defilement of Minnesota’s free questionnaire and consumer insurance laws and for false trade practices underneath Kellogg’s ownership.

“It was really unsatisfactory to know that we were scammed,” pronounced Baker. “It wasn’t cool.”

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