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  • Submitted: Sun, July 29, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, January 09, 2013

  • Reported By: NY Vigilante — New York New York United States of America
Divinium Technologies
1200 Avenue of Americas, 4th floor, New York, New York United States of America

Divinium Technologies Anthony Grimaldi, Antonio Grimaldi, EZ Docs Solutions, Office Automation and Divinium Technology Servicing Corp Forgery , fraud, bounced checks, tax evasion, lies, bogus manufacture credits, con artist ... List goes on New York, New York

*Consumer Comment: Reply To Also Ripped Off

*Consumer Comment: Also Ripped off

*UPDATE Employee: So true

*Consumer Comment: Not true

*UPDATE Employee: Bull

*Consumer Comment: Divinium/ Grimaldi got me too

*Consumer Comment: This happened to me too!

*Consumer Suggestion: DONT BELIVE THE LIES STOP GRIMALDI

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Here are some facts to get the story straight!!!

*UPDATE Employee: Read the NYS SOS?

*Consumer Comment: Grimaldi no longer with company?

*UPDATE Employee: False Comments from an Ex-Employee

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Sounds like my story...

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This Company straight out lies and commits fraud by telling customers that they (Divinium AKA and formerly EZ Docs and Office Automation) were victims of a manufacturers dispute with Canon and now Sharp has agreed to allow this Company to sell their product. They further state , verbally and in writing, that there are Sharp credits to upgrade them from their current copier lease that is not being serviced. They are not being serviced because they don't have money to buy parts , not even toner.

So the customer is at their mercy to enter into a new agreement and buy out the old copier lease and the new payment is usually double the old payment to offset the buy out and new copier (s) and service agreement. The "SHARP CREDITS" or any other kind of dealer or manufacturer credits, IS A FLAT OUT LIE. A complete scam. The buy out is paid with post dated check that are written off an account that does not have sufficient funds to cover the check. The customer is stuck having to pay the new lease and the old one and has to file a suit to get the money they are owed.

It's quite complicated but actually really simple. If the banks that fund the new lease were not notified of the buy out and if the invoice that was used to fund the new lease is not consistent with what the customer actually received , it's bank fraud. If you are one of Grimaldi's victims, reply to this complaint and ask for help. A previous employee found out that a customer agreed to a copier lease for $165 per month and for a Kyocera with dealer credits to offset the $400.00 new payment. The contract was submitted to Marlin leasing for a Muratec.

The dealer does not have a license to sell Kyocera or service it and sent in an invoice for a copier he does have a license to sell but doesn't have a copiers to be delivered because they are over their line with the manufacturer and can't even pay cash for the copier until they are paid current. Hopefully they have been cut off as a dealer. Sounds simple but it's not. When the customer contacted Marlin and asked for a copy of the signed lease agreement, they were provided a copy and explained that they never signed that document and did not receive a Muratec.

In addition the payment was agreed at $165.00. When Grimaldi was questioned about the situation, he replied it was just a simple mistake and delivered the customer a Muratec copier and had to reduce the customers payment to $165.00 and had pay Marlin the overpayment. Marlin did not even cut him off after all of this was discovered. At least the customer was saved from being another defenseless victim. Hopefully Marlin has realized the corruption and stopped continuing to be a part of an obvious scam with people that clearly do not have any morals and will not stop until the State DA gets enough people to stand up for their rights and shut this down.

Enough victims can join together to not only stop this but cancel their current leases with the banks due to the certain sections that dealers have under the vendor program that clearly states "by the vendor failing to perform (and continuing to perform ) all of its obligations to the customer under the warranties given by Vendor concerning the property as discussed is sections, and by Vendor making oral or written agreements to customers outside of those set fourth in the Contracts without disclosing those agreements to (the lender) prior to its payment of the purchase price as discussed ,

the vendor is in default and under the default provisions in the program, the vendor is responsible to pay the lender and release the financial obligation from the customer. Again, I encourage , beg any customer to contact me if you are a victim and if you are considering doing business with this Company, don't. You have other options and knowing this is an every day occurrence with this Company, you can only blame yourself if you do not do research before doing business with this Company. If you are Bank considering working with this dealer, do the research.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/29/2012 01:59 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/-Divinium-Technologies/New-York-New-York-10036/Divinium-Technologies-Anthony-Grimaldi-Antonio-Grimaldi-EZ-Docs-Solutions-Office-Autom-919257. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Reply To Also Ripped Off

AUTHOR: Victoria Kotnik - (United States of America)

Dear Also Ripped Off:

My company was also ripped off by these guys.  We've been trying to find a lawyer to take our case, but haven't had much luck so far.  Mostly we are told that it would be a waste of time and (even more) money to try to collect.  We'd be interested in trying to build a class action suit if you'd be interested in joining up. 

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#2 Consumer Comment

Also Ripped off

AUTHOR: Schottenfeld - (United States of America)

I also was ripped off by e-z docs and Anthony Grimaldi, I hear now that the company is bankrupt, Is there anything being done about collecting monies owed?
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#3 UPDATE Employee

So true

AUTHOR: George - (United States of America)

Everything that was just said happen to our company.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Not true

AUTHOR: George - (United States of America)

I call the other day and requested Mr. Barwikowski and was informed that he no longer working for your company ask for Mr, Grimaldi and gave me some excuse about him being in the hospital same old story.
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#5 UPDATE Employee

Bull

AUTHOR: George - (United States of America)

I have been dealing with Mr. Grimaldi for 2 years and he still has not sent our machines back to the lessors. Our leases have been renewed twice already. I have countless of time request to have our machine return to us. When I call I keep hearing the same excuse he is out, he will call you back, he is the only person you can talk to, yet I still can't get any answer.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Divinium/ Grimaldi got me too

AUTHOR: Brian_5326 - (United States of America)

Our story seems to be very similar to those others I have read.

We started with a Cannon copier and we were offered to have it bought out by Office Automation (Divinium, EZ Docs...All Grimaldi) and then recieve a replacement Cannon copier for a lower payment.  We received a new Cannon copier and the old copier was sent to storage until the end of the lease.  However, the new copier was not being serviced despite our requests and after one year another slick salesman arrived to our office to fix and "clean-up" the situation by buying out the Cannon copiers and getting us back on track with our original deal.  Instead of a Cannon copier, he arrived with a Sharp copier and said that Cannon was not cooperating. 

To make a long story short, Diviniums checks bounced, the copier they had stored for us was removed (illegally) from the warehouse, and Well Fargo took full advantage of our situation, by offering a 70k buy out for a 10k copier. 

We should have done our research on the company and their dealings, but Cannon, EZ Docs, Office Automation, Divinium, Grimaldi himself, and Wells Fargo are getting away with criminal activity and ripping off hundreds of people and companies. 

We are working with the DA's Office and if you fall victim to these crooks as well, please contact me and we can work together to get justice. 
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#7 Consumer Comment

This happened to me too!

AUTHOR: Victoria Kotnik - (United States of America)

Hello kind person who entered this report.
My company was scammed by these guys too...first they updated our Canon.  Then they gave us a Sharp, but that's not what the lease agreement says.  They removed the first Canon from their warehouse and nobody can locate it, so Canon is going to force us to buy it out.  Wells Fargo also wants an astronomical amount of money to buy out our current lease and I'm worried these  guys will move the second Canon and we'll be on the hook for that too.  They've bounced checks, straight out lied to us...

Please help me!!!
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

DONT BELIVE THE LIES STOP GRIMALDI

AUTHOR: STOPGRIMALDI - (United States of America)

The manager is lying Anthony Grimaldi  is has always been the owner and man behind the curtain

DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH HIM he will not pay buyouts or service you machine

he has about 50 open lawsuits against him and has been arrested for drugs and stealing buyout check

multiple times i work for a legitimate copy company that has a immaculate reputation in the business and with that being said the banks will allow me to get you out of your Grimaldi lease contact me at STOPGRIMALDI@yahoo.com



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#9 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Here are some facts to get the story straight!!!

AUTHOR: Jean - (United States of America)

On November 3, 2011 attorneys for Canon USA, Inc. responded to a Supreme Court of The State of New York, County of New York with a motion with respect to "Defendant's Memorandum of law in opposition to Plaintiff's application for a Temporary Restraining Order".  Canon was the defendant against EZ DOCS, Inc d/b/a/ Office Automation Systems the Plaintiff's.  Divinium Technologies, Inc is registered with NY Secretary of State as formerly known as EZ Docs, Inc.  
This is Index # 653030/2011 which was received by NYSCEF on 11/04/2011 with the "Statement of facts"  as follows:
By letter dated October 25th, 2011, Canon USA (the exclusive United States distributor of Canon-brand products, including Canon-Brand business equipment such as copiers, printers and the like) provided notice to EZ Docs (an authorized retail dealer of Canon-brand business equipment since 2008) of its decision to exercise its contractual right to terminate EZ Docs' authorized Canon retail dealership by reason of EZ Docs' numerous material breaches of its contractual obligations to Canon USA, effective immediately by reason of the non-curable nature of such breaches. [See Verified Complaint, 8 and Exhibit B.] As referenced in such letter, the following had come to Canon USA's attention prior to its decision to terminate EZ Docs' authorized Canon retail dealership:

* When EZ Docs obtained Canon USA's approval to acquire its first authorized Canon retail dealership in 2008, it concealed from Canon USA that it would employ Messes. Anthony Grimaldi and Steven Hernandez in management roles, and EZ Docs' principal was in fact Mr. Grimaldi's sister (see verified complaint, 16-17; Affidavit of Catherine Matticci submitted in support of EZ Docs' application ("Mattiucci Aff."),24-25).  EZ Docs concealed these facts because, several weeks before it sought to acquire its first authorized Canon retail dealership, that dealership had been unsuccessfully sought by an entity controlled by Messrs. Grimaldi and Hernandez known as Empire technology.  Canon USA rejected Empire Technology's attempt to acquire an authorized Canon retail dealership because, among other things, it learned that Messrs. Grimaldi and Hernandez had been arrested in Nassau County, New York in 2007 and charged with engaging in a criminal scheme to defraud relating to leases for copiers.  In fact, the evidence suggest that EZ Docs was formed as a ruse by which Messrs. Grimaldi and Hernandez could acquire the authorized Canon retail dealership that had earlier eluded them.

*Criminal backround checks performed on Canon USA's behalf by a private investigator in September 2011 revealed that Messrs. Grimaldi and Hernandez had pleaded guilty to serious criminal charges on multiple occasions.  Both had pleaded guilty to lesser charges relating to 2007 criminal scheme to defraud involving copier leases after making restitution payments to their victim(s).  Mr. Grimaldi also had been arrested multiple occasions in the 1990s on felony charges ranging from assault to bail jumping to possession of a controlled substance, and had pleaded guilty to various charges four times.  Mr. Grimald's employment with EZ Docs and relationship to Ms Mattiucci were again concealed when EZ Docs sought approval to acquire a larger authorized Canon retail dealership in early 2010.  
*Numerous EZ Docs customers complained to Canon USA that they had been victimized by a scheme employed by EZ Docs relating to leases for business equipment.  Pursuant to the scheme, EZ Docs induced customers to agree to "trade in" business equipment the customer was leasing for new equipment from EZ Docs.  In connection with such "trade ins", EZ Docs would agree, as it is customary in the business equipment industry, to "retire" the customers' leases for the old equipment "traded in" by paying off the lease of such equipment.  However, such customers would later learn that EZ Docs had either completely failed to make any payment to "retire" such leases, or made late or insufficient payments that also had failed to "retire" the leases.  Such customers then would fall into arrears with leasing companies on the supposedly "retired" leases, and face threats or the commencement of legal action while EZ Docs dodged the customers' attempts to have it honor its promises.  Alternatively, such customers would be forced to continue to make payments on the leases that EZ Docs had agreed to "retire".  This appeared to be the same type of scheme for which Messrs. Grimaldi and Hernandez had been arrested and charged in 2007. 

*An Ez Docs customer informed Canon USA that, in connection with another questionable business equipment leases transaction, EZ Docs had forged a letter to a leasing company purporting to be from the customer's chief financial officer, and had fraudulently added to the customer's lease business equipment accessories that the customer had neither ordered nor received. 

*When not fleecing  its customers by means of fraudulent lease schemes, EZ Docs was providing such customers with abysmal service.  A few examples of such dismal performance include (i) failing for months to deliver a copier despite have accepted a fifty percent (50%) down payment on the copier from the customer; (ii) failing for months to deliver two printers ordered by a customer, delivering the wrong models on several occasions, and ultimately entirely failing to deliver one of the two printers the customer ordered; (iii) failing to provide needed service and supplies to customers: and (iv) failing to return customers' messages and to respond to customers' inquiries, and even hanging up on customers when they managed to reach EZ Docs employee by telephone.
 
In conclusion my belief as that nothing is any different today then it was when Mr. Grimaldi was an authorized Canon dealer through his sisters name with the exception of Mr. Hernandez and Miss Mattiucci are no longer involved and Mr. Grimaldi is a Sharp dealer and no longer Canon.  The facts are the facts and if Divinium Technologies has new management in place or even an investment partner of some kind as previously stated, I certainly hope they do their due diligence before possibly tarnishing what was previously stated a great reputation.    
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#10 UPDATE Employee

Read the NYS SOS?

AUTHOR: Divinium Manager - (United States of America)

What gets me is that you point to a domain registration for a website. Anthony Grimaldi is NOW the company owner.  If you look at the NYS SoS, the owner was not Mr. Grimaldi during the period in question.

Take the time to look at an official document from the NYS Secretary of State.  Anthony Grimaldi has never been the owner.  I would appreciate you doing some research before you slander a company.  Slander and libel of this magnitude is unacceptable.  You state no facts and therefore your post is moot.

Please if you have anything to say use facts.  Do some research before you go making unfounded allegations of misconduct.

Anyone who needs to contact us may contact our newly appointed COO, Martin Barwikowski,at 212-221-4390; he has spent the previous 10 years of his career establishing credible financial companies ranging day trading companies to integrated systems as well as successful futures companies, brokerage firms, and major call centers for FOREX. His last 3 projects include Dianor (dor.d), funding and structuring of BeeYoo.com, and creating the business plan and financial model of HAZE.FM. Dianor is the biggest open pit diamond in the world and BeeYoo.com and Haze.FM are in the top 67% of Alexa ratings. He began and created all of the models of these companies.

He was co-founder of Pro Capital Advisors with Peter Lusk which runs the Carpe Diem and is a subsidiary of Oak Street Capital.

Any previous actions from the past ownership are being rectitified as quickly as the company can.  The new ownership has implemented a different class of employees. We only employee college graduates that are of the same mind and morally correct.
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#11 Consumer Comment

Grimaldi no longer with company?

AUTHOR: Joe - (United States of America)

So, Mr Company Manager, you are saying that Grimaldi is no longer with the company?  If that is the case, why is the Divinium domain name still registered to him?

Domain Name: DIVINIUMTECHNOLOGIES.COM      
                                   
 Registrant:                       
     Divinium Technologies
    Anthony Grimaldi        ()
    1430 Broadway Suite 1513
    New York
    NY,10018
    US
    Tel. +1.2127142233     
                                   
 Creation Date: 26-Mar-2012  
 Expiration Date: 26-Mar-2013  
                                   
 Domain servers in listed order:   
     ns3771.hostgator.com
    ns3772.hostgator.com
                   
 Administrative Contact:           
     Divinium Technologies
    Anthony Grimaldi        ()
    1430 Broadway Suite 1513
    New York
    NY,10018
    US
    Tel. +1.2127142233 
                                   
 Technical Contact:                
     Divinium Technologies
    Anthony Grimaldi        ()
    1430 Broadway Suite 1513
    New York
    NY,10018
    US
    Tel. +1.2127142233      
                                   
 Billing Contact:                  
     Divinium Technologies
    Anthony Grimaldi        ()
    1430 Broadway Suite 1513
    New York
    NY,10018
    US
    Tel. +1.2127142233        
                                  
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#12 UPDATE Employee

False Comments from an Ex-Employee

AUTHOR: Divinium Manager - (United States of America)

A couple of things to point out. 

First, Divinium Technologies has different owners.  The old owners and partners put this company in a very bad spot, the fact of the matter is, slowly but surely, everything is being rectified.

Customers are now receiving toner and service with very little delay. Service calls are being answered quickly and in a timely manner, had the person who wrote this post done their job correctly we would have been further along then we are now, but again.. progress is being made and there are plenty of customers who will say the same thing.  Anyone with any problems can respond to this post or contact us directly for resolution of any issues.

This gentleman used to work for Divinium.  He failed in his duties and his conduct in the office was beyond atrocious. He was arrested; case pending, for conducting himself inappropriately with a female worker.  We also have a lawsuit against him for slander, libel, torturous interference in business, as well as other charges.

Any customer who has had a problem recently was fixed immediately just as the post said.  Nothing sinister, the customer needed a lower payment and smaller machine and it was fixed.

Buyouts are no longer paid with post dated checks, everything is either wired into customers account or paid by check available that day.

Again, anyone with any problems is encouraged to contact the office.  We will handle everything as quickly as possible, but we will get it resolved.

So ending, call if you have issues, you can ask for the COO or the VP of Operations.

Thanks,
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#13 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Sounds like my story...

AUTHOR: Brian - (United States of America)

I need help...
I have a very similar story...
I don't want to pay Wells Fargo..
(of course they don't do business with e-z docs anymore)
I don't want anyone else to get hurt.
Between the buyout and the bogus trade credits,
I am owed $20,000.....from ez docs/Divinium technologies...
This is Fraud!
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