Beef jerky 'jerk' accused of scamming firefighters

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by Chris Nagus

KMOV.com

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 19 at 5:05 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A West County firefighter says he was scammed by a man accused of ripping off firefighters in the name of charity.

Earlier this year, James Adam Jenkens was in St. Louis selling a business plan. Jenkens sold Kerry Tebbe on a plan to sell beef stick products and giving some of the proceeds to charity. Tebbe thought his $2,500 was buying distribution rights to sell beef sticks in West County. Tebbe says Jenkens company, Brothers Keepers, known as BK Premium Products was supposed to supply the beef, but after Tebbe got the first few shipments, the supplies stopped coming and Jenkens stopped taking his calls.

 News 4 discovered Jenkens is already facing felony charges accused of conducting an elaborate hunting scam in Oklahoma. The state’s Attorney General is charging Jenkens with soliciting over $75,000 to take people on guided hunts that never happened. Jeramy Czapanski of Oklahoma says Jenkins scammed him out of $ 4,750 and that Jenkens is “a con man, he’s a con artist that’s all he does.”
 
News 4’s Chris Nagus confronted Jenkens at a court appearance in Tulsa, Jenkens tried to dodge his questions by hiding in a law library. On the way out court Jenkens insisted his business was legit.

Chris Nagus stopped by the corporate headquarters of BK premium products in Oklahoma, but discovered the office was empty.
 
News 4 has talked to another local firefighter who says Jenkens ripped him off. An Oklahoma City firefighter says there are at least 5 victims there.
 
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Oklahoma offers an interesting perspective on BK Premium Products.

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