Cynthia Bailey, star of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," is fending off allegations of fraud after accusations swirled last week that her modeling school was scamming customers.
Dorothy Lewis contacted CBS46 News recently to complain
that she spent $20 to enter her 7-year-old granddaughter into a monthly photo contest on Bailey's Agency School of Fashion website back in January. It was only after she'd spent the money that she realized the winners list hadn't been updated since October 2013.
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"It's just not right to be advertising that you're going to do one thing and take people's money from around the country and you’re not following through on what you're saying," Lewis told CBS46.com. "It's like false advertisement."
What's more, Bailey's website claimed that a portion of the proceeds generated through the monthly photo contests would be donated to Atlanta Diaper Relief, a nonprofit charity. But a little digging revealed that the organization closed up shop six months ago.
CBS46.com reached out to Bailey to ask her about the fraud allegations and the former model insisted it was simply an issue of not updating the website regularly.
"It's not like their $20 wasn’t being used for what it was intended for," the reality star said. "Its just a matter of us being in transition on our side and we were just behind on the website, but now it's updated."
Indeed, after CBS46.com's inquiry, TheBaileyAgencySchoolofFashion.com
was updated to reflect the most current photo contest winners and a new charity, Kile's World, was selected as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds.
"I apologize for any negligence on my part as far as my staff not keeping the website properly updated," Bailey said in a later statement. "I hope after receiving all the correct and updated information from me personally, you can appreciate the sincerity of my intentions. I appreciate you for bringing this important matter to my attention."
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