I saw an ad on Craigslist advertising a website development position and applied. Bill contacted me and offered me a better position due to my history and how it related with his company's supposed mission. I gladly accepted and, out of pocket, commuted over an hour through heavy traffic each way several times to meet up with him and discuss Noble Airlift.
Warning signs immediately popped up as he spent more time discussing his views on the world and his opinions about politics than the business ahead of us. I had to actively remind him that we where there to discuss matters regarding the project. I thought that, just maybe, he's a little eccentric and it was all part of the process of getting to know each other and seeing if we meshed. Plus, the position was just too good not to follow it a little ways and see if he was legitimate.
Once we reached an understanding on the project, I was emailed an Employment Contract. The terms were too good to be true; double the paid vacation days of the USA average, a company car after six months for a job that pays below average, health, dental, bonuses, and benefits. The contract also mentioned 5 different corporations in the state of Washington that he was supposedly associated with but none of them appear in Washington State's database of corporations.
Giving him the benefit of the doubt (still) I asked him about this discrepancy and asked for the UPI of one of these corporations. A simple public identification number, used by the state of Washington and in no way private information. He lost it and "fired" (technically never got hired) me, raving about my lack of loyalty and respect for asking for a public number of one of his companies. When I respond to his emails (in an even and polite of ton as possible, given the absurd circumstances) I got a caps-lock-enabled, barely comprehensible email back about how responding to his emails was harassment and, what I believe (again, barely comprehensible) was a threat to sue if I contacted him again.
While this was unraveling I did some searching around and found a couple other former employees of his, all with similar tales. They agree that he refuses to pay for time worked and is verbally abusive. Luckily I found out early, all I'm out is a little gas and time.