Six months ago, I entered into a relationship with a person that claimed he worked with both IPayment
and Northern Leasing for about 10 years. Eugene Merle Olson, "Gene"
or "Geno". It has become apparent that a con man may be an
appropriate description for him. I agreed to open accounts with both companies
assuming we would start doing business together. I only signed up 2 merchants...one
being Shanghai Kitchen in Tacoma, Washington. Both accounts attached with my
name only. We broke up about 2 weeks prior to this incident to follow.
On March 14, 2013 at approximately 9pm, I received a call from an angry merchant Lucy with Shanghai
Kitchen, questioning why we went into her 3 stores, behind her counter and
swapped out her terminals. We did not have permission and she wants her old machines
back. I was here in Spokane, Washington. [continued below]....
..... I called Gene to ask him what was
going on and why he would be swapping out her machines. He first stated that
she had asked for backups, not true. Mind you, we live 5 hours away. He had to
purchase or obtain 3 machines, download and commute with intentions to go into
the stores and replace WITH NO PERMISSION from either my merchant or myself.
Illegal? These are my accounts. He is not a sub agent. He kept telling me that
I don't know the business, as I informed him I would be pressing charges as
appropriate. Come to find out hes not even an agent of either company! They
had fired him a long time ago!
This is a lady that I made a contact and connection with as I worked in the grocery store for 10 years,
using my reputation for the deal. She is very angry and confused as there is a
huge language barrier. She has stated she wants to go back to US Bank and does
not trust either one of us. I have urged her not to cancel due to fees placed
on her, she is in a legal and legit contract, and ultimately will affect her
perfect credit. But I know she still could do this and it will be linked to me.
I am extremely concerned about her defaulting and I get charged a chargeback
through Northern Leasing, costing me $6000. $6000 that was the pay out for
signing her up, that I gave him to catch up on his bills etc. My stupidity, I
know. Everything would have been fine if he wouldnt have entered her store
tampering with her machines.
I met with this merchant on March 27, 2013. I think I was able to relay that I was not involved
with this illegal act and supported myself with proper documentation of his
crookedness. I found many links online as it appears Mr. Olson has scammed many
business owners here in Spokane. I actually contacted 4 of them that said they
are still paying for his dishonest dealings. One merchant said he has cost him
thousands as he is pursuing a civil suit. It is believed there are hundreds of
business owners affected by him. Another said he filled a police report and it
reached the point where Mr. Olson was unable to be located. Im not sure who
all is out there and what legal matters he has. I want to take this opportunity
to share his location if there is justice to be found for some of these
merchants. I have encouraged Shanghai Kitchen to file a police report in Tacoma
and to include the 3 machines that were left behind that he attempted to
replace. They are programmed to have the residuals go into someones
accountserial numbers attached to someone.
I have contacted the Attorney General and will file my complaint. I will also contact Crime Check and file a report. This has caused me a great deal of emotional stress and I need to make this last
attempt to share hopefully with the right person. He clearly broke the law. I
feel like I need to disassociate myself with this incident any way I can.
I am a Registered Nurse. I feel like I am an upstanding person that is honest. I would never
intentionally or deliberately cause anyone any grief or harm. These was my
first relationship since I recently divorced after 22 years and now have to
deal with almost $10,000 (more stupidity to his conning ways)in debt and possibly more if something becomes of this. Lesson learned for sure. I need to protect myself and my family. Wish I would have done a background check!!! He is a crook!
His current address and info
16609 North Morton Drive
Spokane, WA. 99208