Like many who have gone before me on this site, my tale of woe is all too similar. Promised that they would sell my business or return the $7500 they charged me for the buisness valuation, I was left holding an empty bag at the end of the day. The empty bag, by the way, in the form of a simple letter that they had drafted indicating some funding source that I did not need and could not use.
Joe Rubolin was the Business Analyst who sold me on what a great job Alliance would do for me. He seemed like a good guy and he checked out when I searched him out. Unfortunately he was not entirely truthful about what was about to happen. Maybe he was in on the scam and maybe not, but now he is working for Lyons or some other firm selling the same prduct and the same contract - the one everyone was duped by. So if JOe should give you a call be very wary of him. In fact your best defense is to hang up.
Marvin R. (Randy) Hicks was very pleaseant at first and returned my calls when I inquired about how things were going. Ted Marriot was was pleasant and so was Lucy Marriot. Leslie Beckwith was always helpful as were any number of people who I spoke to at the beggining. As time went on it became harder and harder to reach them and then almost impossible unless I became hostile and threatening. But in the end the same fate awaited me as it did all of you who went before. Like lambs to the slaughter we were herded down the shoot to our financial despair. I do not believe now that there was ever a list of qualified buyers. Although there may have been a list, it may have been made from any number of list sources and for all we kmow could have been made up of dead people from long ago. Hardly the type of qualified buyer we had in mind when we signed up and paid our hard-earned money.
The US goverenment is now involved through the US Secret Service. Their Witchita branch is heading up the operation and you can find all the information you need by searching on the US Secret Service site and looking for the branch in Wichita. Send copies of your information to them because they are compiling as much information as they can get on the scoundrals who perpetrated this fraud on you. All types of crimes have potentially been committed. Some of the more obvious are: fraud, mail fraud , wire fraud, money laundering, etc., etc. They continue to perpetrate there crimes by organizing one company for a period of time and then closing down and re-opening in another state. I don't know about you, but I keep getting the same fax messages about selling my busisness. The same people doing the same kind of thing under a different name. We can stop this if we act appropriately and contact the government agencies who have jurisdiction over this matter.
Bottom line is if you are reading this and have been dealt a bad hand by these guys take some time to complain to your Attorney General and the US Secret Service. Help justice be done by letting the authorities know you have been de-frauded.
Rochester, New York