'Ribfest' promoter banned from operating business in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The Attorney General has ordered an Idaho man to stop practicing business in the state.

The ruling happened after KBOI received several complaints from people involved in Kasey Thompson's events.

"We lost $410, which in the huge scheme of things, isn't a lot of money, but it's a lot of money for a small business," said Tamera West, who owns a small business in Nampa.

Questions about Thompson and his company started to heat up last summer when he organized "Ribfest." Vendors were upset and claimed Thompson's event was unfair and unorganized. Many were angry the day of the event.

Vendor Joe Alexander said he was upset at the discrepancy of booth prices and location.

"I paid a lot more than what they (other vendors) paid up there, which was wrong," Alexander said.

KBOI actually did a story on how the Better Business Bureau launched an investigation of Thompson. When a wedding show organized by Kasey Thompson popped up in November, Tamera West though it was a good chance for her small wedding venue, Blue Heron Manor, to gain some exposure.

West decided to sign up for the show and worked with Thompson's account executive.

"She told us the information for the wedding show would be forthcoming, by the end of January and beginning of February we would see vendor location and set up," Tamera West said.

The information never came.

The wedding show kept getting pushed back and then eventually West received a letter from Thompson's company saying they've rebooked the show for October. Nobody returned West's phone calls, emails or deposit.

"If they can't have integrity with their customers, they need to get out of customer oriented business. Because integrity is the most important thing," Tamera West said.

The letter Thompson's company sent out said the wedding show was double booked at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center.

KBOI spoke to the general manager of the Boise Hotel and Conference Center and found out Thompson's failure to pay followed by a bounced check cost him the venue.

They sent KBOI a statement that says the Conference Center sent Thompson a "cease and desist" order when he continued to advertise a show that wasn't happening. That's when the Idaho Attorney General's office stepped in.

"We saw a pattern, and we felt like it needed to be addressed," said Brett DeLange, deputy attorney general.

The investigation took time, but the office says Thompson was in violation of the Consumer Protection Act.

"Mr. Thompson, he is prohibited from further marketing and promotion activities in Idaho," DeLange said.

Thompson is no longer allowed to do promotional work in Idaho, but those vendors looking for refunds may not get their money.

"There's no money for private citizens or businesses under this settlement--they'll need to pursue their own claims," DeLange said.

KBOI reached out to Thompson several times over the last year but he never responded.

Kasey Thompson didn't answer the door at his listed address, in fact, no one did. Thompson has dodged the media for several months, which is no surprise after several people told KBOI he owed them money.

Thompson signed a legally binding agreement with the Attorney General in which he acknowledges he can no longer market promotions in Idaho.