Dana Chanel, the creative behind the Sprinkle of Jesus app and Curl Bible beauty brand, seemingly limits her comments on Instagram amid allegations of her scamming small business owners.
Chanel, whose real name is Casey Olivera, is facing a lawsuit from authorities in Pennsylvania who accused the social media influencer of promoting products to her nearly 800K followers that ripped off customers, BuzzFeed News reports. With much of her following being in the Black community, Chanel is accused of taking advantage of those who supported her the most.
Her Instagram boasts her life as a busy entrepreneur and soon-to-be mother of two. The pregnant influencer shares highlights of her motherhood journey, fulfilling orders for her beauty and haircare company, and also posting paid advertisements as anyone with her following does.
But the Philadelphia-based millennial mogul is being targeted by state officials for one of her other companies that she doesn’t heavily promote online. Chanel’s Credit Exterminators (a family-run business that was rebranded as Earn Company), is supposed to help consumers improve their bad credit.
“Dana Chanel built a following online by presenting herself as a Black woman-owned small business success story,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press release Thursday.
“She advertised the products of her companies as a way for other black small business owners to achieve what she did. Then, she ripped off the same…