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Complaint Review: Richard Friedberg, Advantage Rent To Own, LLC

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  • Submitted: Sun, September 21, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, September 23, 2008

  • Reported By:Sahuarita Arizona
Richard Friedberg, Advantage Rent To Own, LLC
282 Suntan Drive Vail, Arizona U.S.A.

Advantage Rent To Own, LLC - Richard Friedberg Richard Friedberg, Advantage Rent-to-Own, Fraudster, Scam Artist, and Manipulator Vail Arizona

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Advantage Rent to Own and Advantage Technologies each calling the other Thieves...This is Funny!!!!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Mike Williams, Owner of Advantage Technologies, fraudster, scam artist, and manipulator

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Richard Friedberg formed Advantage Rent-to-Own LLC in May 2007. I was approached by him at the time to develop a website. Richard didn't have the money to pay, therefore he promised me a fixed monthly payment and 10% of the net profits on the company. I invested a lot of my time and energy into developing a very functional and powerful database-driven website with the hope of getting paid back a piece of the company profits. This arrangement is normal for many startup companies but there is much more to the story.

In 2007, I believe Advantage Rent-to-Own LLC pulled in over $300,000 in revenue but apparently had $0 in profits. Since I was supposedly a 10% partner, in early 2008 I asked to see the 2007 accounting records but this was never provided. Every time I asked for these records, excuses were made as to why they weren't available yet.

I terminated my partnership with Richard Friedberg and his LLC on Sept 3, 2008 because of trust issues, his bad ethics, his terrible decision making, and his ongoing excuses for not being able to pay for my discounted bill rate, or even the website hosting bill. Over the course of 16 months, Richard Friedberg had paid a GRAND TOTAL of $3,000 towards a website that has a development cost of NEARLY $35,000.

On Sept 3rd, Richard Friedberg was 90 days past due on making ANY payment toward the website development. I mailed Richard a certified letter on Sept 3, 2008, indicating my termination from the partnership along with an invoice for $31,706. This was the full cost of all of my unpaid web development time, which according to contract was owed to me. Richard was well aware of this cost as I emailed invoices every month for over a year showing him what the ongoing cost was.

Richard Friedberg claims that I "stole" his business, but I believe the facts are simple. Richard did not pay for the website and he doesn't OWN anything. At this point, he is just TRYING to blame everyone he can, including innocent people, to try to shift the blame away from himself. This is what manipulators do!!!

There are many other complaints on this website against Richard Friedberg, of Advantage Rent-to-Own by multiple customers regarding the sale of real estate rent-to-own licenses. Apparently multiple customers have asked for refunds and the status of those complaints are unknown at this point. Richard also promised and wrote contracts giving other individuals "ownership" of a website that he never owned.

Richard Friedberg was convicted of tax fraud in Philadelphia in the early 1990s and there is evidence in the Philadelphia Inquirer news archives. Read about Richard's history and you will see a long pattern of unethical, devious, manipulative, fraudulent behavior with MANY different companies.

Richard has been spreading false rumors about me and trying to destroy my reputation. Anybody who knows me knows I am ethical, honest, and provide value to my clients in the information technology field. Anybody who REALLY knows Richard, knows he is a scam artist, a liar, a coward, and tries to leverage other people for his own financial benefit. Richard is bankrupt financially, morally, and ethically. This is what I truly believe.

Richard "ripped me off" by making false promises and causing me to invest roughly 450 hours of my time in developing a website for what turned out to be a fraudulent operation. That 450 hours was equal to $35,000 of my billable time as a professional web developer. My claim against Richard is for $31,760 ($35,000 minus the $3,000 I was paid for).

Richard needs to be stopped from any further fraudulent business practices and prosecuted to the full extent of the law!!!

Michael
Sahuarita, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/21/2008 02:30 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Richard-Friedberg-Advantage-Rent-To-Own-LLC/Vail-Arizona-85641/Advantage-Rent-To-Own-LLC-Richard-Friedberg-Richard-Friedberg-Advantage-Rent-to-Own-F-374827. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Advantage Rent to Own and Advantage Technologies each calling the other Thieves...This is Funny!!!!

AUTHOR: Denny (s.a. Tx.) - (U.S.A.)

Ref: Advantage Rent to Own, LLC (Richard Friedberg) and Advantage Technologies (Mike Williams)

As stated in numerous reports under Advantage Rent to Own, LLC (Richard Friedberg's) "Scam" was to sell a licensing program to people that wanted to learn how to do Rent to own Homes within the housing industry.

Mike W and his company by his own admission, designed and developed the website for this "Scam" company which was then used by ARTO and Friedberg to "Scam" Hundreds of thousands of dollars from innocent "VICTIMS".

As stated above in the report by Mike W, he is aware of $300,000 or more in revenues coming into ARTO which apparently Mike W was to receive a percentage for his website development so take a minute to think about where those revenues were coming from....Answer.. "INNOCENT VICTIMS!

It is now known that as few as 35 and perhaps as many as 100 or more people invested anywhere from $2,000 to as much as $100,000 to get into this opportunity (Scam") that we now all know had no track record of success and the concept as it was developed is in fact "ILLEGAL" in many states that have laws and regulations with regards to the rent to own of homes.

I actually invested and was also appointed as an Executive of ARTO and my investement was collateralized by ARTO and Richard Friedberg all assets of the company in the event of default or breach of Agreement and this in fact happened before the ink on the Agreement was dry.

One of the only assets that could possibly be recovered was in fact the very domain name and website of ARTO that Advantage Technologies(Mike W) has in fact taken control over without any Legal authority and he now expects me to pay waht Richard Friedberg allegedly owes him.

Where I come from that is called Extortion!

He makes the rediculous statements in his rebuttals against me that if someone sold you the Taj Majal and they didn't own it then would you sue them.

Think about the other side for just a moment, if a Bank has John Doe's car as collateral and that loan is defaulted so they repossess the car, does the Bank then owe all of John Doe's debts simply because they seized the car that was pledged as collateral???

That is exactly what occured here. The battle over the alleged debt by and between Richard Friedberg and Mike W is no concern over me but the domain and website has been illegally seized and is being held for a ransom by Mike W because I have a valid Agreement signed on 05/09/2008 pledging the website specifically and all backend docs and support thereof if a Breach or default occured and that happened effective 05/10/2008 forward when I received absolutely nothing as promised by ARTO and its owner-founder Richard Friedberg.

If you are an INNOCENT VICTIM" of this scam and/or was ever approached or contacted by ARTO or Friedberg and/or responded to a job posting @ career builder.com or monster.com and you want to join in the "VICTIMS" group criminal complaint against all involved in this "Scam" by ARTO, Friedberg et al then please send your info to Dencotx@satx.rr.com so we can get your info and also register on the www.ripoffreports.com website and post your own complaint so the story gets circulated.

Thank You and we are all sorry for any loss this "SCAM" may have caused you and your family.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Mike Williams, Owner of Advantage Technologies, fraudster, scam artist, and manipulator

AUTHOR: Richard - (U.S.A.)

Mike Williams could not tell the truth if his life depended on it! He speaks about a $31,000 website which is a complete rip off according to three experst who evaluated the site. At most the site is worth $8000.

When you invest in a business, last time I checked, you do not get a guaranteed return. Most investors wait two to three years. Mike's business ignorance shows all over his face when he speaks of revenue and does not address expenses.

Mike terminated the partnership because his blackmail request of $31,706 was rejected. There are 15 documented offers from Mr. Williams, who could not make up his mind as to the value of the website he built. To add insult to injury, when he received an inflated offer of $17,750 by an attorney, he first accepted it and than turned around and rejected it.

The balance of his invoice was due by 12/31/08 but he decided not to wait, and instead conspired with Robert Ross an ARTO employee to start a new business using the ARTO Logo and Contnet.

Beware of Mike Williams because he will steal your website and ultimately your business if he thinks it is a good idea. This is why he is a scam, lier and coward.

By the way, Mike Williams was convicted of assuslting a young girl in Brazil for which he served 10 days in prison and paid a $4000 fine before being allowed to return to the U.S

Since Mike Williams lacks morality, ethics, and shows poor business judgment, and will take benefit from anyone that can pay him a $, all 31 of his clients need to be on fraud allert as of today!!!!
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