Two Men Charged With Scamming Dozens Of Nashville Teens

Posted at 9:20 PM, Aug 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn - Two men, nearly a thousand miles away are facing charges of scheming dozens of Nashville teenagers out of thousands of dollars.

They are just some of the victims of what prosecutors are calling a "despicable" nationwide scam.

Officials believe there were at least 52 student victims from Nashville, and allegedly others that responded to a Craigslist ad.

Prosecutors in Long Island, NY are still trying to determine how Whelton Herron and Amadii Owens, both of New York, recruited their victims here in Nashville.

The teens were allegedly promised 9 dollars an hour for working at Aramark concession stands at LP Field.

The organization told Aramark that the students were volunteers.

When Aramark made a 100-thousand dollar donation to the two men's organization, prosecutors say the money was pocketed and the students didn't get anything.

"These defendants are nothing more than scammers and thieves hiding behind a charity that they created for no other purpose than their own self enrichment," said acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Prosecutors say in 2013 the charity may have operated under the name Summer Entertainment Incorporated.

Other victims have been reported in New York, Chicago and Houston.

Officials in New York say the two men recruited students at local high schools.

Metro School spokesman Joe Bass says as of now they are not aware of any recruiting efforts happening inside Nashville schools.

If you think you or your child may have been a victim the Nassau County District Attorney is asking you call their Economic Crime Bureau at 516-571-2149