My friend Mark H. came to me a few weeks ago and told me about a tax debt problem he was having, and that he was also having problems deciding on who he should hire to help him. Mark knows I love doing online research and that I'm good at it. Of the five companies that he asked me about, two of them were easy "outs" since their BBB ratings were in the trash AND they had recently been sued.
The one that looked the most promising was JG Tax Group owned by Jeff Galante in the Boca Raton, FL area. Initially JG Taxgroup initially looked really positive, they have a good rating with the BBB, and I did not find a lot of negative comments. But, I did find a lawsuit that really concerned me. I was unable to find a lot on it, because it looks like they have done a lot to hide/bury this "skeleton". The case has to do with Sara Vanegas versus Galante Group Corporation
and she individually sued Jeffery Galante and David Connell
in the case too.
My father always told me that if you want to know what a person is like then pay attention to how they treat their subordinates, not how they treat their peers. Jeff Galante, David Connell, and Galante Group (before they were known as JG Tax Group) refused to pay Sara Vanegas's overtime. Think about it, Sara had to sue them just to get her paycheck!
Read the entire case and all other documentation here: Lawsuit Galante Group / Jeff Galante / David Connell
This appears to have been a way to make this woman miserable, she won the case ($4,958), but at the end of it all she got was $1,458 in her pocket. The rest were legal fees.
If they are so willing to do something like this to an employee, then think how they might treat you if you were a client of theirs. Here is a relatively small amount of money (although I am sure it was not pocket change for Sara), why didn't he just pay her, this was not about judging her "truthfulness", Galante Group was just refusing to pay her overtime. After reading the case it is my opinion that he was doing this to intimidate her, who knows who else they have done this too. Are they pulling the same type of tactics on their clients? Jeff Galante and David Connell appear to lack "moral fiber", so I told Mark to "nix" doing business with any company associated with Jeff Galante and/or David Connell.
Mark and I did find a company that was able to help him. I did this because I feel that people like you should know if a company is showing a really good face, when the actions they have taken in the past suggest that they are actually pretty "scummy".