- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The founder of a mail-order green chile club said Sunday he has every intention of getting people their money back since the business never heated up.

Jaime Dubuar Dean said he is working on securing the needed $5,000 to cover refunds and owed chile shipments to dozens of subscribers.

“At this point, I need the capital to get everyone their money and outstanding chile and settle up,” Dean told The Associated Press. “That’s completely and utterly my intention and always has been.”

People purporting to be customers recently posted accusations on Facebook that they never received orders from Dean’s Green Chile Club, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. The posts also accused Dean of being unreachable.

Dean, who started the club in October, suspended all shipments in December when it became clear his subscriber base was too small. He needed at least 350 subscribers to stay afloat and had only 125. Subscribership then fell below 80 the next month.



Dean says he owes about 80 customers between $35 and $100 each, depending on whether they signed up to receive chile for one, two or three months. He said he still has about six customers who aren’t giving up on the concept.

Currently living in Brooklyn, New York, Dean thought he could capitalize on New Mexican natives living elsewhere who missed green chile.

“It just breaks my heart that we’re in this spot right now. I really felt like I was doing good for the community of New Mexican ex-pats,” Dean said. “I love that I gave it a run.”

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