Source: The State 6/10/2007

Burnlounge Rep Sued by FTC

Former USC football star Rob DeBoer confirmed Friday he has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission for his involvement with an online music retailer that is accused of being a pyramid scheme.

DeBoer said he is a retailer for Burnlounge, selling digital music on the Internet and the opportunity to purchase Burnlounge franchises.

The former running back said he has recruited about 45 other people to open their own Burnlounge music Web sites, for which DeBoer earns a commission for each song they sell.

Among those he has introduced to Burnlounge is former USC quarterback and Columbia lawyer Todd Ellis, who is not named in the lawsuit.

The Federal Trade Commission, which declined comment this week, filed suit Tuesday alleging that Burnlounge is a pyramid scheme and that its largest retailers have misrepresented the income investors made with the company, DeBoer said. DeBoer claimed by last summer he had made almost $300,000.

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