Nessel turns to Facebook to serve judgment

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    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has shown that social media does still have some redeeming qualities.

    The Democratic law enforcement official said in a news release on Wednesday that her office used Facebook to formally serve a judgment against Christopher Carr, a former Michigan resident who Nessel says fled the state and was found to have violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

    Dana Nessel

    Nessel’s office said Carr had been operating online retail sites and collecting credit card payments without delivering the merchandise. Carr had not been responding to the attorney general’s office, so Nessel obtained an order from an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady to serve the judgment over Facebook, where Carr still had an active presence, according to the AG’s office.

    Carr has 28 days to remit more than $784,000 for damages, civil fines and other costs, according to the judgment. Nessel also received permission from Canady to dissolve the two limited liability companies Carr had been operating.

    Carr’s two online retail sites, and, were not active on Thursday morning.

    “Thousands of consumers were robbed of their money by Christopher Carr’s deceitful online business practices,” Nessel said in a statement. “I want this action to send a clear message that even if you leave the state, we will pursue you. This office will go after those who uses the internet to exploit consumers.”

    Nessel responded on Twitter Wednesday to MIRS reporter Lisa Roose-Church, who said she “didn’t realize using social media this way counted.” The attorney general’s reply was: “It does now.”

    Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.


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