Update by user Aug 28, 2017
Mr. Lee conducted an online Photogenic Competition where family and friends could vote for one of thirty participants of the 2015 Pageant for $1.00 per vote.
All proceeds were to go to the Ann & Robert H. Luries Childrens Hospital at 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Voting opened on March 2nd and concluded on March 28th, 2015.
The competition raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. The complaint is Mr. Lee has failed to turn the money over to the Childrens Hospital. Mr.
Lee made it very clear in all of his public posts, messages, and also conversations with contestants and staff that all proceeds or every dollar were supposed to go the hospital. The State of Illinois on August 22, 2017 entered a judgement against Mr. Derrick Lee DBA Team DQ Pageant Prep in regards to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice. For 2 years we have asked Mr.
Lee to donate the money he collected. Now he has been ordered to pay the hospital THEIR money.
Original review posted by user Aug 27, 2017
On March 20, 2017, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Consumer Fraud Unit, filed a civil fraud lawsuit charging Derrick Lee with certain violations of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. On March 27, 2017, Derrick Lee was personally served with the Summons and Complaint.
Derrick Lee did not answer or otherwise respond to the complaint. On August 22, 2017, the Honorable Moshe Jacobius entered a Final Consent Judgment that concluded the lawsuit against Derrick Lee. The Final Consent Judgment contains an injunction that restricts some of Derrick Lees future activities. Significantly, Derrick Lee is prohibited from soliciting charitable contributions in Illinois on behalf of the Ann & Robert H.
Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago or any other not-for-profit entity or charitable organization without its express and written consent. The Final Consent Judgment also imposes a money judgment of $3,400 upon Derrick Lee, including a payment of $2,900 to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital and $500 to partially reimburse the States Attorneys Office for attorney fees and investigative expenses. Derrick Lee further stipulated that he had collected at least $3,000 for the benefit of the Hospital and that he had already provided $100 to the Hospital.
The Final Consent Judgement is attached for viewing purposes and is public record. ** Stipulations 10-13 and Derrick Lee's signature on the consent judgement should answer any and all questions as to the intent of the money that was collected.
Product or Service Mentioned: Team Dq Pageant Prep And Image Consulting Donation.
Reason of review: Consumer Fraud.
Monetary Loss: $3000.
Preferred solution: Glad to see the hospital get the money that was collected in their name.
I liked: Contestants were amazing.
I didn't like: Director was unethical.