Convicted fraudster dupes small town with reality TV show promises

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Chris Robinson has claimed on social media sites, including Facebook, in posts like this one that he runs a show called Burger Wars. (Chris Robinson/Facebook)So when a man from B.C. claimed to be a big-time TV producer and made big promises, the business owners jumped at the chance.Town pitches inThey say Christopher Robinson told them that once they were accepted as contestants on the show, all they had to do was give him $500, and gather thousands more in “sponsorship” money to get the show off the ground.Soon the entire town was pitching in, hoping to put Dunnville on the map.The local paper even wrote up a glowing story about what the show would mean for the restaurant owners and the community. Here’s one of Chris Robinson’s many posts on Facebook about his show, Burger Wars, which he doesn’t actually own. (Chris Robinson/Facebook)On his Facebook page, Robinson claimed to have all the credentials and connections with all the right people. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Residents of a small Ontario town are still reeling after learning a man claiming to be a TV producer — promising to put mom-and-pop restaurants on a reality show — is actually a convicted fraudster who is wanted in B.C.If restaurant owners Julia Marchese and Debb Davies could have written the script for the show they thought they were going to be in, the ending would have been a lot different.The pair thought they were getting the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to showcase their restaurants on a reality show called Burger Wars, which sees restaurants compete for the best burger in town. Both women hoped the show would boost business for them and tourism for Dunnville, Ont., a town of fewer than 6,000 people south of Hamilton. Two years ago Marchese opened Julia’s Bistro and Davies opened Debb’s Cuisine.“It’s a great little place, where [we] take care of each other. It’s about family and it’s about what we can do as a community to grow,” Davies says. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


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