An investigation was opened in Grasse for “deceptive commercial practices” and “organized gang fraud”.

An investigation was opened in Grasse for “deceptive commercial practices” and “organized gang fraud”.

An investigation was opened in Grasse for “deceptive commercial practices” and “organized gang fraud”.

Justice continues to investigate the war between rapper Booba and influencer Magali Berdah. The Prosecutor’s Office of Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) has opened an investigation following the complaint presented by Eleague Yaffa, the rapper’s real name, for “deceptive business practices” and “organized gang fraud”, Franceinfo learned from the prosecution on Wednesday 7 September. This complaint, filed against X on July 28, is actually addressed to the society of the reality “priestess”, Shauna Events, domiciled in Antibes. The investigations were carried out by the city police headquarters. “We are pleased to see that the elements reported will lead to an investigation”reacts one of Booba’s lawyers, Ivan Terel.

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Another complaint from the rapper, who is targeting former reality TV candidate Marc Oceane Singainy Tevanin, aka Marc Blata, was transmitted to the Pontoise parquet, territorially competent, specifies the parquet of Grasse. Booba also accuses the influencer of “deceptive trading practices “and” organized group scam “for its trading and cryptocurrency activities (NFT – non-fungible tokens)

At the end of June, the self-proclaimed “Duke of Boulogne”, based in Miami, Florida, started a movement on Twitter “to denounce the abuses committed by influencers who promote online scams”, recalls the text of the complaint, which the magazine “Complément d’Enquête” was able to consult. With the hashtag #Influvoleurs and the opening of a mailbox of the same name, the rapper has collected dozens of testimonies from consumers who are feeling sorry.

In these messages, which read “Complément d’Enquête”, these shoppers claim, with supporting invoices, that they have ordered items with coupon codes from influencers who work for Shauna Events and have never received a package or seen their money. , although many follow -up emails. If, on the other hand, the product was delivered to them, it was a counterfeit produced in Asia, available on the Aliexpress site at a price significantly lower than that offered by the influencer, these buyers assure.

“I will never see my order or my money back. I am only with two children and the amount may seem ridiculous but I am really disgusted that my money has been stolen!”, testifies for example a buyer who had ordered a foundation for 23.99 euros through an influencer. If the amounts involved are generally less than 100 euros, some reach nice sums, like these Playstation 5s sold for 700 euros and never reached their destination.

According to Booba’s complaint, “there seems to be a complex and organized scam system, centralized by the company Shauna Events”, “system fueled by the passivity of social networks and in particular Instagram and Snapshat used by influencers to promote scams”. For the complainant, “the intentional element of the offenses is beyond doubt” in those influencers “they do not explain their sponsorship and do not guarantee the veracity of the promotional offers they convey”.

The notion of “organized gang”, aggravating the crime of fraud, is justified, again according to the censorship, by hierarchical link between the legal entity – Shauna Events – and the influencers acting on its behalf “.

In his defense, the management of Shauna Events, which has 60 employees, swears Publication “From now on all collaborations with influencers end, yielding to identified deceptions” and highlights the need to regulate this new profession.

Asked by franceinfo about the opening of an investigation, Magali Berdah’s lawyer, Antonin Gravelin-Rodriguez, did not “no comment to make at this stage. If Magali Berdah and her company have to respond in this context, they will do so in full transparencyunderlines his advice. This will remove any suspicion and slander against these two people, physical and legal. “

Magali Berdah has been accusing Booba of harassment for several months and has obtained the opening of an investigation. From 1 June it was opened at the National Pole for the fight against online hatred of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office, in particular for “death threats, harassment by electronic communication, public insult on grounds of origin and sex”.

In a press release in mid-July, the influencer accused the rapper of targeting her on social media for several months. “from false and humiliating publications”. “Since then, I have been subjected to mass online harassment”with thousands of daily messages, he confided. It’s not a life anymore, I haven’t slept for three nights. I’m just crying, I want it to stop “he also stated to the Parisian.

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