• Report: #977495

Complaint Review: Jake Vanderbrown DBA Texas PC Geeks

  • Submitted: Mon, December 03, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, June 09, 2014

  • Reported By: Tom — Houston Texas United States of America
Jake Vanderbrown DBA Texas PC Geeks
12777 Jones Road Internet United States of America

Jake Vanderbrown ,Texas PC Geeks Jacoby Vanderbrown, Jacoby73, Ryan Lloyd Brown ,original name, Refused to pay for services rendered. Research has shown that he is a con artist from Oregon. Internet

*Author of original report: Texas PC Geeks web site

*Author of original report: Lies, dammed lies, and "anything Jake says"

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Hmm

*Author of original report: Jake only tells about 1/3 of the truth.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Once again

*Author of original report: Jake Vanderbrown DBA Texas PC Geeks

*UPDATE Employee: Thomas E Megahee Tom Megahee, Thomoas Megahee

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The owner of this company is a convicted felon from Oregon.  He served time for Vehicle Theft and several counts of Identity Theft.  

He has hired numerous PC Technicians recently.  They were either fired or quit because of the fact that they were not paid.  When anyone complained, he accused them of theft of company assets.

I have received numerous emails from others verifying this information.

He is a con artist, and many customers have allowed him access to their homes and computers.

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#1 Author of original report

Texas PC Geeks web site

AUTHOR: john newton - (USA)

The Layout  of TPCG was copied from another web site.  At my last recollection, this was illegal.
They have been notified about this copyright infringement.

Only cosmetic changes were used to transform their website into his.

They are a reputable company in MA.  

Jake, DBA Texas PC Geeks,  is not a reputable company in Texas.

Do not do business with this rip-off artist.
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#2 Author of original report

Lies, dammed lies, and "anything Jake says"

AUTHOR: john - (USA)

In reference to his last rebuttal:

If one is told never set foot in the office again, one would assume they have been fired.

His posting of my invoice does not show complete payment. The total of said invoice as 88.09. He gave me cash advances totaling 40.00. He claimed he would reimburse me for the part I had to order, but later changed his mind.  That leaves $20.00, which I have never received.

His blanked-out statements only prove that he paid someone. Posting my picture was totally unnecessary.  But I look good, for a 63 year old computer professional, don't I.
In reference to the first rebuttal:

I have additional information obtained by another background search.  It showed Ryan Lloyd Brown, lived in Sandy , Oregon.   He lived on Jacoby Road, and had a wife named Heather .  Coincidence,  I think not.   Check the name on the first rebuttal, it is Heather.  Jacoby is one of his many aliases.

Ah, yes.   Jake forget my SECOND INVOICE.

He does not mention the second invoice that I presented.  It was for a total of 27.5 hours, for which I only charged minimum wage. I normally would have charged 50$ per hour for these services.  I thought that I was helping establish his new office, and was willing to help at a reduced rate.  That does not include the 60$ he owes me for the last item, the second service call I took in Baytown. The total of this second invoice is 259.38.  He has paid NOTHING.

I have collected 360$ for his company.  He has paid 40$.  Do you think this is fair compensation? Attached is a jpg of my second invoice. You can decide who is lying
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company


AUTHOR: JV - (United States of America)

Once again, we do not fire anyone, they are contract labor.

We have not failed to pay anyone.  I am submitting and invoice from Thomas Megahee that shows payment to him. 

I also will post statement from bank showing multiple payments to techs.  These payments only show those who chose quickpay for payments and not those that receive cash or check.

This post and the previous one has debunked all of Mr. Megahee's libel attack against myself and my business.
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#4 Author of original report

Jake only tells about 1/3 of the truth.

AUTHOR: john newton - (USA)

His is a con man from Oregon.

He does not pay his contractors.

'Nuff said.  I stand by my complaint.
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Once again

AUTHOR: JV - (United States of America)

I am the owner of the above company.  I will only respond once to these claims by Mr. Megahee.  I will provide what I feel
is needed to prove who I am and show Mr. Megahee is slandering a good company and a good man.

Mr. Megahee has been nothing but trouble from day one of us retaining him as an independent contractor. 
Despite giving him several chances, often buying him lunches and having this individual to my home, this is the thanks we get from simply parting ways with the gentleman not out of malice but to protect customers of ours from the
likes of Mr. Megahee.

The only contract labor we have stopped services with is those with criminal records that when a complete background check was completed returned results differed from what the contract laborer said at time of offer.  These individuals I assure you
are the techs that Mr. Megahee is mentioning through email contact.  I would hate to have their name and charges
brought in this discussion but will do so if needed and if the harassment doesnt stop. 

Mr. Megahee either gave us a false name or the State of Texas a false name.  When we ran a date of birth check crossed with a drivers license number it came up with a record for Thomoas Earl Megahee.  When ran with his current drives licensed it shows a Thomas Megahee. Same date of birth same drivers license and same address. (See attached criminal record)

Here is a history of Mr. Megahees association with us:

We hire employees and thus are techs are not employees.  They are contract labor hired on a 1099.  That being said Thomas Megahee was a contract vendor who was paid.  He was paid 40.00 for a job he did (see invoice from Thomas Megahee) that states clearly Cash Advance.  He did this as we dont close pay period until the 15th and 30th of each month.  However, during that job he broke the client's laptop which caused an additional part having to be ordered.  He was put on notice that we could not have any further things broken. As per policy which was explained to Mr. Megahee several times, techs that break additional parts are required to pay out of their own pocket.

This was put to the test when he wired our phone system.  He didnt know what he was doing and the phone system shorted out.  We had to pay Comcast to fix the jack as a result of this.  He also broke a shelving system one made out of medal. Go figure.

On Saturday the 17th Thomas (Tom) went to client's home and charged a diagnosis fee, this is against company policy.  He was notified to return immediately to the office and to deposit check as per policy. 
He informed me that he was too tired and would give it first thing in the morning.

On Sunday the 18th he came into the office and at that time taken off the roster.  During that time he handed the check over and informed us that we needed to hold the check of the clients.  He was notified that it was against the law to take a postdated check or hold a check.  He begged me to him one more try and he was allowed one more try.  That day a call
had come in and was given a job that required a Power Supply switch to be repaired.  After three hours he was
called and told that he took the machine back to his house.  This is against company policy as well.  He was told to return the machine to the office.  At this time he got mad and told me to f**k off that he had more experience in this business and he would not return the machine.  Tom was notified immediately that he services were no longer needed. He was also informed to return the property immediately to the office. 
I waited at the office until 9:30 PM.

That night I received several phone calls and several emails.  In the morning I instructed him to never call me again and to keep any money that the power supply job rendered and to consider it as payment for any money he claimed against us.  We pay our techs 20 dollars and our and charge customers 60.00.  Simply working on hour would satisfy any outstanding money owed to Thomas.  This last job came in on our phone number and originated with me.  This was a client of ours at that point, not Thomas.  I say this because I want to stress the point that any additional money received above 20.00 was property of our company, not Thomas.

Thomas signed a non-compete clause stating that he wouldn't steal clients not act as his own agent. 
Thomas violated this clause when he took machine and billed client as his own. Thomas was notified to not step foot on any of my property or place of work and not to contact me further.

On Friday November 30th, 2012, Thomas Megahee trespassed when he entered on to our office space. At this time he took a step ladder and then went into the bathroom and took something that wasnt his. I cant mention the item as Thomas Megahee has charges pending against him in Harris County. (See attached photo of offices card and case number).

Starting Sunday December 2, Thomas started sending emails to me threatening my family and I.  The emails stated things like "Get out of Town" These emails started out as Tom pretending to be John Newton. 
John Newton is an attorney in Houston. 
After contacting agencies, the IP on the email pin pointed him to an AT&T account.  Upon further investigation and the help of AT&T abuse team, the owner of this IP was none other than Tom Megahee.  Tom was asked several times to stop harassing the myself and my family.  He continued to send over 20 emails on that Sunday and called over 10 times in the past week. 

On December 3 the owner called the Harris County Sheriff department and filed report against Tom Megahee.  He apparently has a hard time distinguishing the truth.  The officer sent Thomas Megahee and email stating any further communications via text, call, email and via third party sites like this one would result in felony trespassing/harassing charges.  Thomas even spoke to the officer her. (see attachment)

As of today, I have a protection order in process through the Harris County court system.  He will be served this.  As of today as well, we have filed a Libel Lawsuit again Mr. Megahee as well.

One should certainly not believe all that one may have read on the internet about someone. 
Especially a site like this that anyone can post anything about anyone and during these tough times people may not have the money to defend their self in court and to clear ones name.  Unfortunately for Mr. Megahee I do.  One thing further,
if he claims that Ive changed names, they do not grant name changes for those who committed ID theft.  So yes Mr.
Megahee has slandered my name and as well as my business.

I would like to tell a little about myself and the company I run.

First, last name is not Brown.

I myself am a father of two great kids and a great stepson.  I am a family man and spend as much time as I can with my family.

 I am a graduate of
the University of Houston. (See attachment) 
I graduated in August of 2011 and started my degree in 2007.  This is my second bout with college.  Call me weird, I like to learn.

I have run my own business since 1997 and have 4 locations throughout Texas.  Out of the 1000s of clients we served, we had never had ONE complaint except the complaint that Thomas broke a persons laptop.  I also believe if we did anything unethical or illegal it would be well known especially considering the above allegations. 
We have currently 10 techs throughout Texas and many have been with us for years.  The ones that follow policy
and turn in invoices have always been paid accordingly.  We also donate 1.00 for every 10.00 we make to Redeemed Ministries and the MS Society. 
This past year we sponsored two riders of the MS Ride from Houston to Austin. 

I with the help with my wife run a charity for kids that come from lower income settings.  It is called Kids Got Needs.

We have been blessed and we try to give back as much as we can.  It is a shame that a setting like this site allows people who are clearly unstable to post whatever they feel like and try to ruin a good person doing good things. 

Ive in the past have tried to give all a chance (those with a past see attached).  It has done nothing but come back and bit me in the rear.  
Recently Ive even given a person named Patrick an opportunity to work and even that has come back and haunts me. 
After this past year, I will no longer give this chance nor accept contract labor from Craigslist.  There are too many nut jobs out there.

I will ask that Mr. Megahee abide by the no contact order and return to his life.  I severely doubt he will.  Just know that anything further on here will not warrant a reply from me and will be used against you I meet with the detectives later this week.
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#6 Author of original report

Jake Vanderbrown DBA Texas PC Geeks

AUTHOR: john newton - (USA)

The owner of this company is a convicted felon from Oregon.  He served time for Vehicle Theft and several counts of Identity Theft.

He has hired numerous PC Technicians recently.  They were either fired or quit because they were not paid.  When anyone complained, he accused them of theft of company assets.

I have received numerous emails from others verifying this information. He is a con artist, and many customers have allowed him access to their homes and computers.

His only rebuttal was to file a slanderous report against me, from some fictitious Heather.

He cannot deny what I posted about him.  Jake, the truth is not libel or slander.
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#7 UPDATE Employee

Thomas E Megahee Tom Megahee, Thomoas Megahee

AUTHOR: Heather - (USA)

Do not believe Thomas Megahee. I've known him for over 10 years.  He is a drunk and a violant man.  He has lied to me and has done the same thing that he is doing to this poor guy.  RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FROM THOMAS MEGAHEE

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Drivers license is xxxxxxxxx
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Arrest Date
Mar 18 2007
Offense Date
Mar 18 2007

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Jun 21 2007
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