Police looking into magazine sales

CNJ staff

Clovis police are hoping to make contact with a group of people conducting door-to-door magazine sales in the community in order to verify they are observing city ordinances.

Capt. Patrick Whitney said the group, which has surfaced in the last few days, has prompted calls from citizens suspicious of the solicitation.

He said police are trying to make contact with the individuals to verify they have a business license, which is required of door-to-door sales by city ordinance.

The group of magazine sales people conduct their solicitation on varied days and times, he said.

Some residents have reported the salespeople are touting their efforts as paying for an educational trip, but there is no outside source that can confirm the information. Whitney said that act alone does not constitute fraud.

“So long as the customer receives the product the salespeople are selling for the agreed price, it is not fraud. The pretense is not the criminal issue,” Whitney said by e-mail.

However, Whitney said if salespeople are selling under false pretenses, they would be in violation of the terms of a business license.