‘Camp Crook’ rips off Brooklyn parents

The New York Post has a report on a con-man in Brooklyn who reportedly “concocted a string of bogus local summer camps that promised fun-filled trips to Six Flags and Chuck E. Cheese — but left parents and teary kids high and dry.”

Parents found a “deal” for the summer day camps through Groupon.

“Nearly 40 parents had paid up to $1,000 each to enroll their excited kids in the nine-week program. They learned they’d allegedly been duped after showing up at prearranged meeting places with their children on the first day, only to find there were no camps.”

Not all of the camps were fake. At least one of the camps was shut down by the City Health Department, by the sounds of it for good reason: “Before the makeshift camp was shut down, instead of promised fun on water slides and pizza outings, the campers were herded into libraries or led on aimless walks around Brooklyn to kill time.”

The admitted conman, according to the report, is Dejean Gathers of Atlanta, who is the pastor of  Prophetic Promise Cathedral Church in Atlanta.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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