Update: Fairview Park coupon books not fraudulent, but schools didn’t know about them

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FAIRVIEW PARK, OH – Earlier this week, the Fairview Park Board of Education warned residents about some fraudulent coupon books being sold. Today, the police in that town have an update on the coupon books.

Picture of a fraudulent coupon book being sold in Fairview Park, claiming to support the district's athletic department.

Picture of a coupon book at the center of an investigation by Fairview Park Police.

According to the schools’ website, residents were getting calls from someone claiming to work with the athletic director, or in one case, claiming to actually be the athletic director, who asked if they would like to buy a coupon book. The books’ covers suggested that they were sponsored by the schools.

The police discovered that the coupons were being sold by Attractions Coupon Book Company of Avon Lake, Ohio. The coupons in the book are indeed, valid coupons, but that because of a misunderstanding on the part of the company, the sale of the books was done without the permission or knowledge of the school district. An “overzealous employee” of the company did, at times,misrepresent himself, and along with the marketing of the book, that caused customers to believe it was a school sponsored event.

Police also report that there was no evidence found that the company encouraged its employees to mislead its customers, that residents contacted by the company had purchased from Attractions in the past and the company did not violate any laws by calling them. Attractions did produce documentation of donations made to the schools in the past.

The Fairview Park City Prosecutor has determined that this evidence does not show a crime has been committed. Attractions is working with the Fairview Park City Schools to rectify the problem.