• Report: #614176

Complaint Review: Solartek Energy Scam DBA Brant Ira Patton Scam 843-324-4173 "Franchise Fraud" 843-324-4173

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  • Submitted: Mon, June 14, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, August 09, 2012

  • Reported By: Jared_C — Scottdale Arizona United States of America
Solartek Energy Scam DBA Brant Ira Patton Scam 843-324-4173 "Franchise Fraud" 843-324-4173
Internet United States of America

Solartek Energy Scam, Brant Ira Patton Scam 843-324-4173 "Franchise Fraud" 843-324-4173 Brant Ira Patton, Brant Patton, Chris Gray, Terry Crawford, Patton Construction Management. They old me a Franchise Territory and then tried to resell it again. These scam artist refused to give me a refund and Solartek Energy is camming me for 35,000. Internet

*UPDATE Employee: Update to former rebuttal

*UPDATE Employee: I have worked with Brant Patton since August, 1993

*UPDATE Employee: Jared Coad is the Scam Artist

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: The Truth of The Matter

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Solartek Energy  Scam DBA Brant Ira Patton Scam 843-324-4173 "Franchise Fraud" 843-324-4173



Beware of Solartek Energy.  They are a scam.  They have ripped me off for 35,000 for the purchase of a Phoenix  Franchise in relevance to my new Solar Company I was opening up.  They have not only not trained me and my staff as contracted they also have tried to resell the franchise that I bought for 35,000 and I have received nothing but a full run around with their staff.  Their staff have sent me emails of trying to let them resell and they will do a partial reimbursement, they have said to take this to Arbitration if I have a problem.  Give me a break.  I paid 35,000 and I want my money back 100% in full.  This site is one of 1000 and I will dedicate my life to let everyone know that Solartek Energy is a scam.   They stole my money and they will steal again.  Brant Ira Patton is a scam Artist and his Assistant Chris Gray is a Scam Artist.  And lets not forget the final Scam Artist of their Pack "Terry Crawford.  Brant which is the Main Scammer email address is Brant@solartekenergy.com and his Cell Phone is 843-324-4173.  I have a feeling I am not the only one.  Anyone else who has been scammed by this Team,  Please contact me.  Attorney Generals don't listen to one voice.  I need as many victims as possible for us to ever stand a chance!  As for you Brant!  Shame on you.  I have given you months to return the 35,000.  You are one Scumbag!

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Update to former rebuttal

AUTHOR: Dale Prine - (United States of America)

My name is Dale Prine, I am the Director of Dealer Development for SolarTEK Energy. Wanted to update my phone number, it is 321-696-3640, should anyone wish to contact me. As you can see, this complaint was filed over two years ago and Mr. Coad would never engage us when asked to enter into arbitration. The reason is clear, he had no where to go with it. 

He chose to handle matters the way he did, which was not to pay as dictated in the terms of his agreement and we declined any further service until he did. He never paid and we never offered him any more services.

All customers who were involved with Mr. Coad were taken care of even after he was out of the picture. It is a shame that anyone can place any remarks online they please and even after it is proven, who was in the wrong, no action is taken.

I do hope at some time in the future, you will take this post off of your site. As you can see, the length of time that has passed and no others have come forward. 

Your site should be used to point out who the real Ripoffs are and don't hide behind the first amendment. We have built our reputation one satisfied customer at a time as we will continue to do.

Respectfully,

Dale Prine
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#2 UPDATE Employee

I have worked with Brant Patton since August, 1993

AUTHOR: Dale Prine - (United States of America)

To whom it may concern,

I have worked with Brant Patton, the owner of SolarTEK Energy since August, 1993. Brant has always treated me with dignity and respect, he has always done exactly what he said, when he said, he has always paid me on time and NEVER has a check bounced or has there been any slackness on his part to fulfill his obligations as an employer.

My position with SolarTEK is to help establish the new dealers for Brant. I was not in that position when AZ was purchased. If there was someone who was attempting to purchase this territory, it would have to go through me, and NO ONE has attempted to purchase the territory.

He is alone in this CRUSADE, there are no others out there like him because in essence he is the problem. I was not personally involved in the AZ territory, but I do know that we followed standard procedures to launch the office. We have a system that, when followed, is highly effective. Unfortunately, AZ did not follow our system once we went through the initial launch.

As a person who has known both Brant since 1993 and Chris since 1994, I vouch for both of them. They have always done what they said they would do. I work with both of them closely and I am personally offended at AZ's approach.

As Brant mentioned, lets go to arbitration and let someone who is unbiased take look at the FACTS.

You can call me if you have any questions or comments.

Dale Prine  843.518.3143  

 

 

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#3 UPDATE Employee

Jared Coad is the Scam Artist

AUTHOR: Lucy - (United States of America)

I am the Office Administrator for the Corporate Office of SolarTEK Energy, and I can attest to the validity of Mr. Patton's statements. Many telephone calls have come in from customers that Jared Coad contracted with, took thousands from and after months of waiting had nothing. The calls I witnessed were frantic in nature with " Jared Coad is scamming customers here in Arizona" being a common remark.

Jared Coad apparently simply starts up new companies, like Refined Solar, when things get too heated for him. I have learned that he registered his company(ies) with the National Futures Association, a watchdog association for, among other services, investment fraud. When complaints about his business dealings were filed with the NFA, he refused any cooperation and compliance with them. You can see the NFA's case document here: http://www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/CaseDocument.aspx?seqnum=2106.

Our company worked diligently with the Arizona dissatisfied customers to bring about resolution. I think Mr. Patton's decision to terminate Jared's license was the only response any good business person would make. Frankly, Jared Coads contention that Mr. Patton is a scam artist is ludicrous. I mean really, if you had a legitimate claim, neither you or I would hesitate to submit to binding arbitration. Especially since it was agreed to in advance as a condition of his license agreement. There is not doubt in my mind who the scam artist is here, its Jared Coad! Buyer Beware!

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

The Truth of The Matter

AUTHOR: Brant - (United States of America)

Jared didn't receive the remaining two weeks of training because he never reimbursed the second week of training expenses. (I presented the bill to him in person for the airfare, rental car and hotel for week two of his office set up.) Although it was obvious that he considered himself a marketing guru, he wasn't going to execute the SolarTEK Energy marketing plan being used by the other locations.

He also ripped Terry Crawford (one of our sales guys) off by not paying him any commission on over $30, 000 in sales he made while out there working with his new sales guy. Then we received three calls to corporate that they feared being scammed by Jared as they had each given thousands in deposits last year. No work was done and they were being lied to about the causes of the delays.

At that point I sent Jared a 30 day notice to terminate his SolarTEK license and let him know he could file for arbitration under the terms of the agreement. Chris was the point man on the Arizona customers (We have all their information and old emails. They are all thankful we assisted them over several months to get their jobs installed.) For whatever reason Jared didnt want to go to arbitration, guess he figured he had no case. I told Jared he was owed zero of his money back, he is the one that defaulted on the agreement. However, I offered to meet him halfway and refund half his fee. Or, we both simply commit to binding arbitration and he will get back whatever the arbitrator feels he is entitled to. He refused to present his story, whatever that is, to the arbitrator. So I've terminated his license.

All of the above is documented and being forwarded to our attorney to pursue a libel case. Brant Patton, CEO

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