I am ashamed to admit that I did actually work for this company. The owner John Burgess is not only a convicted felon, a sexual harraser and a disbarred lawyer he has the tactics and employees in place to take you for every penny you will foolishly or under duress give him.
The telemarketers he employees are bused in from the south side of Chicago and have the knowledge of a commen cockroach. They bring handguns and other weapons to work and use them on a regular basis against other employees. The reason why some of them still work there is because Burgess will advance them money for everything from hookers to drugs to bail money. If they leave the comapny before these advances are paid off Burgess makes it clear he will hunt them down and make them wish their mother was never born.
At his time the Chicago branch of the EEOC has a class action lawsuit, of which I am involved in, for Sexual Harrasment. There are approximately 100 - 150 women in this lawsuit for things like "If you want to keep your job you will(enter sexual favor here)", bringing strippers into the lunchroom doing normal business hours for the telemarketers birthday, groping etc. The woman that went to the EEOC was written a check for an enormus sum to "keep her mouth shut" about the harassment she endured by the telemarketer's head manager. She kept the check, cashed it and then went to the EEOC. I have first had knowledge of this check as I was working in the payroll department when this check was authorized and I cut the check.
The men and women that are sent to companies are regurgatating the same information to any company they go to. They are instructed to not leave your company without getting every penny they can scare you into giving. These people continue to work for IPA for the same reasons that the telemarketers do...they are in to deep monatarily to the company.
If you are getting calls from the legal department you should know that there is no such department. It is one man by the name of Brian Rubenstein who will call you time after time and harass you. He will use different names everytime he calls and if he feels that you are catching on he will have his assistant do the calling.
Do know that although IPA may threaten with a lawsuit in Illinois for the owed fees, they will never and I mean NEVER file in court.
Burgess is all about the allmighty dollar and will not spend it even if he feels he is owed money, which he never is. Also, because of the developments with the EEOC they can not even show their faces in a courtroom because the judge will throw out the case.
Bottom line, the contract with IPA you may have or will get is not enforceable by law. IPA does not have a legal leg to stand on and they know it. They will use every tatic availiable to them to try and get their "fee" but if you push back hard enough they will drop the subject.
If you have been a victim of IPA you need to file a report with the Illinois Attorney General and your state's Attorney General. They will take the case on and fight for your monies back. If IPA reps show up at your door wanting to come in after you have decided you do not want them there call the police immediately.
If you are getting calls from the "collection department" tape each one of the calls and file telephone harassment charges with your local authorities. I have heard their tactics over the phone and know that at some point and time during the conversation they will threaten your life, your business life or your family's life. This now becomes a federal case instead of a civil one and they will be stopped. If you do not tape the calls your authorities may still look into it but it will not go as far in court as if you had a tape of the calls.
Bottom line? Do not let IPA through your doors. If you have fallen victim to this company please know that you are not the only one. I know this does nothing to make you feel better but know that there is recourse. A class action lawsuit will be taken on when enough business owner's report this company to the Illinois Attorney General as they are looking for a way to shut this company down forever and bar them from listing under a different name.
Stand up, let the Attorney General know and do not let them get away with any of this.