• Report: #791933

Complaint Review: Ricksar Associates

  • Submitted: Tue, October 25, 2011
  • Updated: Sun, January 06, 2013

  • Reported By: Dr. William — Greenwich Connecticut United States of America
Ricksar Associates
20283 State Road 7 Suite 109 Boca Raton, Florida United States of America

Ricksar Associates Rick Abdallah Ripped off for services: Extremely poor quality of services and complete disarray and disorganization of company Boca Raton , Florida

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Abdallah's Posted Fictitious email to Wm. Trebing

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Rick Abdallah is a LIAR and a CHEAT - BEWARE

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: The Tall Tales reported by Dr. William Trebbing

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Ricksar associates and their head honcho, Rick Abdallah, talk a good sales pitch but for me at least brought me nothing but frustration and further accounting problems.  On recommendation I traveled from NY to Florida in APril of 2010 to meet Mr. Abdallah and discuss business accounting services, and legal business structures he claimed he was competent in setting up.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.  After traveling 3 hours on a plane he kept me waiting for an appointment 3 hours. 

       When we finally had our meeting, which lasted about 2 hours, he brought in another staff member and discussed with me all the things that could be done for filing tax returns I was late on, and one that had a deadline for October 15 2010.  Being satisfied with the meeting after that time, and being told how his firm would proceed (all the while breathing in his second hand smoke for 2 hours), I proceeded home with the understanding I would send him a $5,100 retainer for all the work to be completed, as we also discussed setting up several business structures to aid in organization of my future goals. 

        I sent him the $5,100 promptly, and then anticipated he would contact me with his progress on my case.  I waited........I waited.........and still waited more............finally called his office in mid May and spoke to Mr. Abdallah.  He told me they were diligently working on the materials and data I sent and that within a month the tax forms at least would be completed, and they would have the business structures finished by the fall.  I waited 2 more months.....still no word from them............

I finally called back in September and asked them what they had done.....guess what?  Nothing!  They had even lost the data and materials I had sent.  Spoke to several people there and Mr. Abdallah, who assured me they were going through a hard time, firing people et al, and that he would personally stay up late and get the tax forms done by the weekend.  This never happened.  i could go on, but lets just summarize by saying about 50 calls and emails of my valuable time went into trying to understand what they were actually doing with the $5,100 deposit I sent them. 

        All in all, the tallied my deductions up which I could have done myself on my QUICKEN program, missed valuable deductions which I had to hire another local accountant to discover, did not set up any business structures as we discussed, and sent me my tax forms to be sent to the IRS on October 15 201 at 3:30 in the afternoon!  All I had time to do was rush to the post office to send them in without even being able to examine all the mistakes they made.  Nothing we initially discussed in April was ever completed, save the noted late arriving 1040's, they took forever to send me back my records so I could have another accountant clean up their mess,

        I still did not have the business structures they said they would complete, and I discovered that Mr. Abdallah was not even a CPA!  They wasted  7  months of my time, lying on the phone about work they never even started, claiming often times that they had higher priority clients. They refused to return any of the $5,100 I paid them to do work I could have received from a factory accounting house for $1000.  I would steer clear from this organization, or at least do not pay for any services until they are actually completed.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/25/2011 08:11 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Ricksar-Associates/Boca-Raton-Florida-33498/Ricksar-Associates-Rick-Abdallah-Ripped-off-for-services-Extremely-poor-quality-of-servi-791933. 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 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Abdallah's Posted Fictitious email to Wm. Trebing

AUTHOR: Dr. William Trebing - ()

Abdallah posted a private email he did send to me.  The email he posted was totally self serving, filled with lies and had absolutely nothing to do with the facts.  He wrote it as a CYA letter to hide what he did.

I had no option but to call him persistently after paying him for services because neither he nor his staff completed any of the work they said they would "get right on."

He was trusted with a $5,100 deposit, of which I received 2 poorly completed tax returns which made me owe thousands more $$ than I would have owed if I simply went to a basic tax preparer.  He would disappear for weeks on end when a phone call was promised the next day.  This made me seriously suspect that there were OTHER problems associated with this man.  Fill in the blank.

He was trusted with my personal information about offshore investments, as well as my desire to begin a non-profit.  All of my investments are transparent and legal business entities with which the IRS is well aware of, and he was told this.  Offshore investments and bank accounts are perfectly legal, and in his rebuttal he makes it sound like something illegal is going on.

I have since organized all my investments with a CPA who really knows what he is doing, and have since opened a non-profit to serve the public with health care awareness: FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM.  All this Abdallah promised to do, and delivered bubkis.  They were very simple requests that he is attempting to twist somehow as complicated.

At the bottom of his rebuttal he signs it as if he wrote it in October of 2011; please note it was not posted until January of 2013 ( Clearly seen ), which means he fudged it.  This is the type of integrity you will be dealing with if you hire him for services.

Honestly, I am happy he finally responded, because his rebuttal speaks volumes to validate everything I have been writing about. Hopefully, he has changed, and if you are with him, you may have a chance of hot being screwed.  Hopefully.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Rick Abdallah is a LIAR and a CHEAT - BEWARE

AUTHOR: Dr. William Trebing - ()

Just noticing Mr. Abdallah's rebuttal to my 2011 entry on his sham organization, i figured I'd make everyone clear on the key issues here.

1. As you see, Abdallah has no problem with making your private information public when he does not agree with you, or when you are having a problem with his after he has collected your $$.  Despite the fact that he has misrepresented the facts about why I went to see him, my main point concerning his lack of professionalism could not be better demonstrated by his open disclosure of private information of not only myself, but the people who referred me to him.  Do you really want to take the chance with such a man?  If so, its your own fault.

2.  I'm not even sure of Abdallah's credentials OR degrees, so be sure to ask him if he is a CPA or whatever.  He may just be an advisor with other CPA's working for him.

3.  Abdallah swore up and down that he knew how to set up legal foundations, and that he also knew how to set up businesses for the legal purposes of decreasing tax liabilities.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  He is a fast talker and knows how to talk to IRS agents just like any other agent with the ability to talk to an IRS agent.  There is absolutely nothing special or different about his work.

4.  His staff screwed up my 2008 and 2009 tax returns so badly that my present accountant, a real CPA, can not believe how disorganized and in shambles they were prepared.  The tax I had to pay as a result with thousands of $$ more than if I went to a competent professional.

It took Mr. Abdallah over a year to respond to my initial RIP OFF report about him.  You can expect the same efficiency after you pay him for services rendered.  My only purpose of writing this report was to help warn others of this Charleton.  He obviously has not changed, so again I offer to you.................buyer beware.  This is a snake in sheeps clothing.

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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

The Tall Tales reported by Dr. William Trebbing

AUTHOR: Rick Abdallah - (United States of America)

Dr. William Trebbing came to our firm after friends of his other Chiropractic Doctors had been served by our  firm RICKSAR ASSOCIATES, LLC and their tax problems were successfully resolved, Those were Dr. Jeff Hazim of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Dr. Ken Barrett of Sacramento, CA. Both of whom are not only happy with our services but are actually advocates for the level and quality of service they received.

Dr. Trebbing Came to RICKSAR ASSOCIATES to prepare taxes for him, his business and for his "Common Law" wife. He also indicated an interest in starting a non-profit foundation. We were happy to be of service to him and welcomed him as a client. He was treated with the utmost respect. The company limousine picked him up at fort lauderdale airport and dropped him off. And in our office he was served beverages and snacks as we do with all our clients. Yes I am a smoker, no shame in that. However I smoked outside the office door in the smoking area.

We knew that Dr. Trebbing had been a tax protestor who had in some of the many abusive tax resistance schemes including "The Accepted for Value" Scam. Infact he had advised at least one other client to partake in the same. And the client is available and willing to testify to that if need be. We also knew that Dr. Trebbing had been under investigation by the CID "Criminal Investigation Division" of the Internal Revenue service just the year before.

After starting on his case,certain things started to come to the surface with the case. Such as unreported offshore Bank Accounts under fictitious Association Names in Panama. We also through Discussions we realized that he has properties that generated un-reported revenues in Panama as well. Those activities are illegal when not reported and having a bank account offshore that is unreported to the U.S. Department of Treasury is actually an FBAR violation that the government actually prosecutes for.

We asked him to supply us with the necessary information so that we can prepare the returns required in the manner that is legal and acceptable to the government. He sent us many different sets of information to prepare those returns. He also had unreported investments with a company called GLADIUS INVESTMENTS, which we advised him was a PONZI scheme, and sure enough it turns out to be just that. And the principals of that company were prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice last year and are currently serving prison sentences.

Dr. Trebbing was calling and engaging our professional staff working on his returns on a regular consistent and lengthy basis, not to mention he was extremely abusive to the Licensed Tax Professional that were working his case. In all there was almost 30 hours of telephone calls logged, and we still were arguing with him about what is a legal deduction or not among other items of contention, all he paid us was the initial retainer, which was minimal.

Dr. Trebbing only cared about getting his Non-Profit Foundation up and running for his own purposes. We explained to him on many occasions that we couldnt pursue setting up a non-profit organization for him until he was in full tax compliance.

After much abuse and lack of cooperation and understanding by Dr. Trebbing, and his unreasonablity, a decision was reached to just provide him with the tax returns he contracted us to prepare and not to bill him further, because he came through existing clients, but to drop him as a client. And at his request, all his documents were returned to him.

He was provided with quality service, treated with respect, and we find it very unfortunate that he would write those very damaging lies on blogs and hides his last name. We have copies as requires by regulation of all his records and his wife's records and if need be we are willing tohave any government agency examine our work and his documents and ascertain that we did our job at the highest standard of professionalism.

I am including below, one of the last emails sent to Dr, Trebbing by me, highlighting some of the points mentioned here.

Dr, Trebbing if you have any character at all, you would remove your comments, but it is comforting to know that we also have hundreds of Very Satisfied clients that will be happy to provide rebuttal to your claims regarding our service.

for all who read this please read what was said to Dr. Trebbing.

Rick Abdallah 

10/14/10

to jgspitz, William, Francisco, ROSEMARY

 

Dear Will,

You are really being unreasonable with your constant bombardment of emails. What have we been doing lets see, WE HAVE SPENT OVER 28 HOURS GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH YOU IN PREPARING TAX RETURNS FOR YOU AND TAKING PHONE CALLS AND ANSWERING EMAIL, none of which you have been charged for, IT HAS BEEN EXPLAINED TO YOU THAT UNTIL YOU ARE IN COMPLIANCE, DO NOT DREAM OF HAVING YOUR FOUNDATION READY TO ROLL, THIRDLY WE ARE IN THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE END OF THE EXTENSION FILING TAXES PERIOD, AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT WE TEND TO REAL EMERGENCIES FIRST BEFORE WE TEND TO ROUTINE MATTERS. 

 I LIKE YOU, BUT AT THE RATE THAT WE ARE GOING HERE I MUST QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT A SINGLE CLIENT WHO I AM NOT EVEN IN A POSITION TO BREAKEVEN ON IS WORTH ALL THIS. SO EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, I AM NO LONGER ANSWERING YOUR EMAILS UNTIL TUESDAY, ANY EMAILS RECEIVED BEFORE THEN WILL BE DISCARDED.

I HAVE GIVEN YOU EVERY COURTESY, I HAVE RECEIVED VERY LITTLE IN RETURN, NOW I MUST DO THIS UNFORTUNATELY. YOU WILL HAVE YOUR TAXES AS FRANCISCO PROMISED SO YOU CAN MAIL IT ON TIME WITH THE APPROPRIATE STAMP DATE.

WE WILL NOT TAKE CALLS ANYMORE THAT ARE UNNECESSARY, AND NO PHONES ARE TO BE ACCEPTED BEFORE TUESDAY, AND I WILL NOT ENTERTAIN OR EVEN READ LENGTHY EMAILS BECAUSE I DO HAVE OTHER WORK BESIDES READING LONG EMAILS.

THANK YOU FOR YOU UNDERSTANDING.

RICK

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