- Report: #300605
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Complaint Review: The Grant People - Bob Bernadino - Spencer Hamilton
The Grant People - Bob Bernadino - Spencer Hamilton4550 West Oakey Blvd., Suite 111 Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.
The Grant People - Bob Bernadino - Spencer Hamilton Misrepresentation and criminal activity related to grant writing services Las Vegas Nevada
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My company retained the Grant People, Inc. on December 3, 2007 to write grants for my Women's Owned Business. My first alert came when they provided a very sloppy grant search that not only misrepresented what my company did, included search results of foundations only releasing funds to residents of California or funds to public benefit entities. I am located in Oregon.
I went through a series of efforts to contact the company so that no letter be written that misrepresented my company.
A phone call was scheduled with the Director of Corporate Funding to clear up misunderstandings, and I submitted my business plan prior to that call.
I was contacted by Spencer Hamilton and instead of discussing the plan and clearing up misunderstandings, he informed me he had a grant available now for $350,000 that required a complex report from my company within 10 days. Since this was impossible for my company to perform, he indicated a company they outsource to, called National Professional Filings, could produce this report for $14,500. In addition a 501 c 3 corp. would have to be filed on my behalf and that I could use one they currently had Community Impact Group, Inc. This 501 c 3 could be added onto and mine would be called Dianne's Community Impact Group, Inc.
I told him I would have someone in my community provide those documents and terminated the call.
I called back later demanding the return of my retainer.
I have submitted a faxed demand for the return of my retainer.
I have also contacted the Federal Trade Commission requesting additiional information on who to contact if a class action suite was filed. They indicated that a letter would be sent from their office in the event a class action suit was filed.
If you feel you have been wronged please contact the FTC. I believe you can enter your complaint onto mine or request that the number I have provided be connected to yours.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/16/2008 02:01 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/The-Grant-People-Bob-Bernadino-Spencer-Hamilton/Las-Vegas-Nevada-89102/The-Grant-People-Bob-Bernadino-Spencer-Hamilton-Misrepresentation-and-criminal-activit-300605. 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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