Feel Scammed by 'Radiate Athletics'? Time to File for Restitution

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The Bureau of Consumer Protection is settling a case against the suburban Philadelphia sports apparel business Radiate Athletics.

The business raised $579,000 online from more than 8,500 consumers to create athletic shirts that would change colors in response to body temperatures- but they failed to deliver the shirts as promised.

Radiate Athletics, which is located in West Chester, was founded by Kenneth E. Crockett Jr., who launched a campaign on Kickstarter, promising to create this shirts in exchange for startup funding provided by customers.

Complains began surfacing from consumers almost immediately, claiming they paid for these shirts, but received defective shirts or never received them at all. 

The Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection filed suit in Chester County against the business and Crockett in 2015, alleging the company was in violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

'Radiate Athletics' is now required to deliver the shirts this month to the 1,600 customers who paid for them and did not receive them. The company is also required to pay restitution to other consumers who received defective shirts. 

Additionally, Crockett is required to pay civil penalties and costs of $10,000 to the Commonwealth. If 'Radiate' failed to abide by the settlement, the Bureau can seek to have the company held in contempt.

"The settlement with Radiate is about protecting consumers from scams, no matter the dollar amount," says Attorney General Shapiro. "We'll fight to protect consumers ripped off over a $35 shirt just as we held Volkswagen liable for $30 million in environmental damaged."

Consumers who file complaints with the Bureau of Consumer Protection before June 2nd, 2017, will be considered for inclusion in the final restitution to be paid by Radiate Athletics. To do so, go to http://www.attorneygeneral.gov or send an email to scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

Attorney General Shapiro offers these tips for consumers before purchasing products online or elsewhere:
- Research the creator of the online campaign and the type of project or business. If it seems outside their expertise, it may be a red flag
- Ask yourself whether the project seems realistic
- Do research on other businesses offering similar products


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