Mastermind Media, Inc. to Cease Doing Business in Georgia, Pay Restitution and Penalties
January 30, 2015
ATLANTA, GA – John Sours, Administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection (“GOCP”), has announced that the agency has entered into a settlement with Rodney Bowling, individually, and his companies Mastermind Media, Inc. (“MMI”) and Rock Finance Inc., f/d/b/a Royal Surgery Recovery Program.
Mastermind Media, Inc. is a Georgia corporation that organizes special events, including contests and beauty pageants. Rock Finance, Inc. f/d/b/a Royal Surgery Recovery Program offered a gas reward program, SmartCards, plastic surgery aftercare services, and financing.
In the settlement, GOCP alleges that Bowling and his companies committed various violations of the Fair Business Practices Act, including:
- Falsely representing that certain events, including “Atlanta’s Next Top Model”, “One Mic” and “Clothesminded: Best Dressed Affair” were sponsored by CBS Atlanta, Jezebel Magazine, and Atlantan Magazine, among others;
- Various violations of Georgia’s statutes regulating beauty pageants;
- Misrepresenting the availability of prizes in connection with MMI’s special events;
- Misrepresenting the nature of Rock Finance’s Royal Surgery Recovery Program;
Under the settlement MMI and its owner Rodney Bowling are required to pay a $25,000 civil penalty and to pay consumer restitution to eligible consumers who made purchases from Mastermind Media, Inc., Rock Finance, Inc. f/d/b/a Royal Surgery Recovery Program, or Rodney Bowling during the time period of March 1, 2011 through and including January 9, 2015. If, over the next 25 months, Bowling and his companies fail to fully comply with the terms of the settlement or if GOCP receives any verifiable, actionable complaints that indicate violations of the settlement, an additional $125,000 penalty will immediately become due.
Consumers who believe they may be entitled to compensation under the settlement can fill out a claim form and submit it to GOCP, along with supporting documentation. Claim forms must be postmarked, faxed or hand-delivered to GOCP no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2015 in order to be considered for restitution.
Eligibility and Filing a Claim
For eligibility details and to download a claim form, click here. Completed claims, along with supporting documentation, should be faxed to the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection at 404-463-8212 or sent via mail or overnight delivery, or hand-delivered to:
Mastermind Media Restitution Program
Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection
c/o Kayla Washington
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE, Suite 356
Atlanta, GA 30334-9077
Claims must be postmarked or faxed no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2015.