Suspicious Pillow ad investigation continues

Action News Now Laura Eng gives an update on the ongoing investigation of a suspicious pillow ad circulating online.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:29 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 11:32 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - A suspicious pillowcase advertisement that seems to profit off the Camp Fire is fake, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

Action News Now Laura Eng went to Paradise to speak with survivors about this latest development.

"To have people take advantage of our situation, in that way, it's really heartbreaking," Camp Fire survivor, Glenn Hartley said.

A velveteen silk pillowcase advertisement is circulating online, seemingly profiting from the Camp Fire. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the advertisement is fake.

RELATED: original story on the suspicious pillow ad

Ramsey said his investigator confirmed there is no teacher named 'Miss Shelly' that works in Paradise as the video claims. He also said the photos of the children in the advertisement are not from Paradise.

"That is the ultimate of everything being taken from you, and then for someone to try to profiteer off of that is absolutely heartless," Hartley said.

Reporter Laura Eng showed Alec Parmley the advertisement. His brother, a Butte County Sheriff's Deputy lost his home in the Camp Fire.

"It's sad, but it definitely is not cool and it's not nice to think about," Parmley said. "This person needs to get caught and punished for what they're doing."

The pillowcase advertisement mentions a Paradise preschool. Action News Now confirmed there is a school called Paradise preschool, but it wasn't open the morning of the Camp Fire and had closed a few months before the fire.

Action News Now has repeatedly tried to reach out to the company selling the pillowcases, but we were not able to make contact.

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