• Report: #739628

Complaint Review: Federal Prison Experts

  • Submitted: Sat, June 11, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, July 19, 2011

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Florida United States of America
Federal Prison Experts
Port Orange, Florida United States of America

Federal Prison Experts Federal Prison Consultants, LLC. Why Are These Con Men Not In Jail?? Port Orange, Florida

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Again incorrect information

*Author of original report: Response to Mr. Bales

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Retraction requested Immediately

*UPDATE Employee: Client Letters

*Consumer Comment: Feel Free To Contact Me

*Consumer Comment: This is not true!

*Consumer Comment: False Report

*UPDATE Employee: Fale Information About Federal Prison Consultants and Experts

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We were aware that several former clients were suing this crook Edward Bales and his crooked company a while back so when he disappeared, we just assumed he was in jail somewhere where he belonged. We had no idea that he just changed the name of the business and is still out there stealing money from inmates and their families.

We agree with what "Brooklyn" discovered. We have looked at everything and see that this crook Bales has simply changed the name of the business to Federal Prison Experts, Inc. and is continuing his crooked business as usual. How was he even able to get a license in Florida or does he even have one? How in God's name did he get an "A Rating" from the Better Business Bureau unless the BBB is as much a ripoff as Bales' company. (Needless to say, I will never put any stock in a BBB "rated" company again) 

 His ability to continue stealing money from clients is a disgrace. Why is he not in jail along with all the crooks he has working for him. Are they even real people or who he says thay are? How can this guy Joe Gunja be the owner of a company called SIMCO in the state of Missouri yet be the head on Federal Prison Experts, Inc. in Florida? I wonder if his former employer knows what he is doing.

I am so ashamed and embarrassed we even got involved with Bales or his company, whatever its name is this week.


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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Again incorrect information

AUTHOR: Ed Bales - FPE, Inc. Div: FPE/FPC - (USA)

Your current rebuttal is incorrect. The only lawsuits that Edward S. Bales has been involved in were the same two isolated individuals who one tried filing in Florida and the case was thrown out and then the two both filed in Delaware and they lost on all merits.

I have copies of the lawsuits, the lies they told, etc. Additionally, there have been no actions in Pennsylvania involving me with any of my companys. I think you should do better research.

We are always changing our web sites and they are always being updated. People may have presumed that names occurred for "public bashing" however it was for expansion purposes and it has always been a matter of public record with the STate of Florida, Better Business Bureau and other agencies.

The fact is arbitration is in the process this week and all of this will be corrected to refleect exactly the defamation, malice, etc that did and is ongoing. We will not NOW all of the sudden drop or forget anything. You people have caused serious damage and have went to such extremes that after the arbitration is over, the company and individuals affected will be filing lawsuits in the State of New York and/or Federally to recover damages. Damages will be recovered by ANY and ALL means. That means in the State of New York, property, cars, wages, etc.

Please don't forget that your relative Brooklyn emailed our attorney agreeing to retract the statements and we have a whole list of legal reasoning behind that that will not only win the case at hand, but show you that acting in this matter has its consequences.

I look forward to seeing you people again in court. I tried to be nice about this whole matter because yes I was once and only once in a federal prison camp and it was for something that happened in 1989-1990. I just didn't go in or come out like you people. Everyone though is entitled to a second change and to be treated fairly. That is why this type of business was created. People like you who don't get your way or admit your errors and stop at nothing to ruin people need to be stopped. That is the bottom line. So we are not going to just forget all about this and move on. I look forward to seeing you in the appropriate court jurisdictions in the very near future. Of course that is unless you decide to provide a full retraction of what was posted. We have your retraction in any case and we will win. It is a shame that things have to get like this. I will be nice no more though.

Ed Bales
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Response to Mr. Bales


I am related to the individual who originally posted this comment and in the spirit of "Cooler Heads," I was asked to comment about Mr. Bales' most recent post.

1.  Public records, State Attorney General's offices, and other public data bases will confirm that Mr. Bales (Federal Prison Consultants, LLC) has been the subject of various complaints and civil litigation in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida.   

2.  Public records, public data bases, PrisonTalk and PACER will confirm that over the past few years, various "associates" of Federal Prison Consultants/Experts have been convicted felons. The fact that these individuals are attempting to make amends to society is extremely admirable; however, the fact remains that they are convicted felons as is Mr. Bales who interestingly, has yet to admit it, but that fact is really not germane to the issues at hand.
3.  Mr. Bales' most recent comments, apparently designed to lead the reader to believe that his name has always been associated with Federal prison Experts, are the most confusing. In fact, one of his own company's comments claimed that his name was previously removed from everything because of "reputation bashing." Furthermore, we would suggest that even the most basic of Internet reviews will show that Mr. Bales' professional and personal web forums have undergone several recent "updates," additions and changes since these accusations and counter-accusations started several weeks ago. Accordingly, if Mr. Bales' name and title now appear on certain web sites, that doesn't mean that certain assertions made weeks ago are inaccurate or defaming.

I am not now nor have I ever been a fan of "anonymous posts," but this was initiated in this type of forum and it should end the same way. Although I harbor personal issues with the "harsh" language used, my relative has a right to "vent" in any forum she likes. She did so here with publically available facts and without malice. Nonetheless, I have since counseled her about "tit-for-tat" arguments and have suggested that this matter be dropped, I hope you agree. I think we both have better things to do with our time.
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Retraction requested Immediately

AUTHOR: Ed Bales - FPE, Inc. Div: FPE/FPC - (USA)

This is to serve as notice that if your false information is not retracted by Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, our attorney will be filing a subpoena to request your identity. If you are indeed the person who is associated with Jackie from Brooklyn and who posted a retraction per the request of our attorney last month, then this constitutes further defamation and fraud. Regardless, you are completely incorrect about your statements here even further. Mr. Bales is fully associated with the company's you mention. It is listed on all web sites, the BBB and other social media, including Facebook. This information will be supplied to Ripoff Report and an arbitration requested and your remarks will be stricken and you will face the legal consequences of your actions. Again, a complete retraction must be posted by Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 or you will suffer the consequences of your actions and as you can see there is only a partial list of clients that also posted to your falsities.       
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Client Letters

AUTHOR: Karen Fernandez - (United States of America)

Copies of the following comments from clients can be obtained by contacting me at karensfernandez@aol.com or info@federalprisonexperts.   The letters I will be posting are from clients who rebut the negative information posted.

Subj:  Thank You
Date:  12/14/2010 5:48 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From:  sweetbabylorraine@hotmail.com
To:      esbales@aol.com

Dear Mr. Bales,

I just wanted to thank you and your staff for keeping me informed on Artie Dufur's case.  I have really enjoyed working with Joyce Maxie.  Because of her professionalism and speedy response to any of my
concerns, I feel assured that Artie's case is being handled with much care and consideration.  I appreciate
all that you have both done and are doing.  I would recommend your company to anyone.  Thank you

Lorraine Veillett

Subject:      Federal Prison Consultants
Date:          12/0/2010  11:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From:         greyhorse2@comcast.net
To:              ESBales@aol.com

I hired Federal Prison Consultants almost two years ago.   I have found them to be very
knowledgeable and very helpful and very passionate in helping people who are being 
sentenced and have been in prison.   Their compassion also extends to the families of 

They always return calls and emails and they work very hard to keep on top of the case
they were retained.  They are with you from the beginning of the sentence and stay with 
you until the time has come for release.

Federal Prison Consultants also are here to help with inmate matters that require
outside assistance and know what is needed and who to contact to get answers from
the Dept. of Federal Prisons.

I have found Mr. Bales to be honest with me and help me when my family member
needs his guidance.  It does help to have someone to talk to about the Prison system 
and the answers may not be what we want to hear but what you will hear is, why
something is or is not possible and how to go about the best possible way to have a
case heard by the right officials so that the inmates best interests are being presented.

Sincerely, Pam B.


December 4th, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

          I am writing this letter to recommend Mr. Ed Bales to anyone who might need 
his services.   After serving my sentence in the Federal system, I was transferred to a halfway 
house in Cleveland, Ohio.  The halfway house was a nightmare.   It was filthy and 
disgusting.  Their claims of being a "reentry program" were not true at all.  After
completing all my requirements to be eligible to go on home confinement, I was told they
would get to my paperwork when they had time.   Time after time I was lied to and  giving
false information.   Even though I had done everything they had required of me and had no 
incident reports in both Federal Prison and in the halfway house, they refused to complete
my paperwork to allow me to go home.   My husband and I then enlisted the help of Mr.
Bales.   After the first conversation with Mr. Bales, I finally felt relief that there was an
advocate for my situation.  He made the phone calls to the BOP and discovered that the
halfway house was holding up my paperwork.   He requested answers from the halfway
house but they were unwilling to answer him.   He then contacted the BOP and made them
aware of my situation.   He made many follow up calls, emails, and faxes and stayed on
top of the situation.   He kept my husband and I informed of the progress.   I was released 4
days later.  It was such a relief to finally be going home to my family.   I am confident that
had Mr. Bales not intervened, I would have not been released.   My only regret is that we 
had not contacted him sooner.   If you find yourself or a family member in need of his 
services, please take this recommendation into consideration.


Bridget Varnes


From:    Robert McCabe (51572056)
Date:     12/2/2010 9:05:39 AM
Subject: thanks  


My name is robert m.  i was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for obstruction of
justice and it seemed like the world was coming to an end for me and I had so much to do and so
many questions that needed to be answered then i found ed bales and spoke directly to mr. 
bales and ended up getting a 90 day extension to my original report date which allowed me to
get all my affairs in order before reporting and had my placement only 2 hours from my home
as well as as assisting me in sentence reduction programs and is now working with me on the
half way house placement if you are unfortunate enough to be sentenced to a federal prison
I would not do it alone i see so many nightmares in here of people that did get professional
experienced help save you self allot of grief and use this service    robert m.


From:     DERRICK LANDER (O9799033)
Date:      12/2/2010 8:25:57 AM
Subject:  Derrick L. KY

Mr. Bales and his staff has always been RIGHT there when I needed information or any
consultation.  They were very prompt with the e-mails that I sent out.   And they have worked
closely with my family to make sure that I was always treated fairly in what ever the case
may have been.   As I write this email, Mr. Bales and his staff are currently working on some
important things that are going on with my halfway house.   I certainly put my stamp of
approval on Mr. Bales and the FBC.

Derrick L.  KY


From:  MAURICE B WADE (04996035)
Date:   12/7/2010  9:25:44 AM
Subject:  RE: Re: RE: Re: Re: Thanksgiving

Message:  Good Day Ed:

I apologize for taking nearly a week to respond to your request.  The new chemo and meds
really knocked me for a loop.   I am just now able to sit up at this keyboard long enough to
finally answer your e-mail.  I've got an idea: I'm going to send you a blank e-mail
and request that you write my testimonial for me.  Mentally,  I'm just not able to put into
writing just how grateful and blessed I am to have come under your kind care-- please express
for me what I feel and sign my full name attesting to it.  Thank you so much Ed, and I
certainly hope I'm not too late to get onto your web page.  I'm from Houston, Texas.

Sincerely,  Maurice


From:     Mathew Wyrick (41227177)
Date:      12/4/2010  1:55:57 PM
Subject:  Federal Prison Consultants


I would like to take a moment and reflect on the accomplishments of Federal Prison
Consultants as it pertains to my case.  I live in the state of Missouri and when I was
sentenced to 63 months for 1 count of Wire Fraud I consulted with the personnel at
Federal Prison Consultants to help me through the process of my prison time.  They have been 
very beneficial to me in the aspect of helping me with my medical issues and hopefully
accomplishing even more with time.   I have had them file formal requests for me on my
behalf.  I would highly recommend this firm for future use when you get into the situation
of having to do Prison time in the BOP system.

Thank You,

Mathew W.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Feel Free To Contact Me

AUTHOR: D Stephens - (USA)

Anyone who wants talk to me about my positive experience with Ed Bales is free to contact me.  You will find my email address on my Facebook page (Diane Lael Stephens).......I will gladly respond to all requests in order that I may help to set the record straight that Ed Bales is a legitimate professional.

Thank you,

Diane Stephens, Baton Rouge, LA
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#6 Consumer Comment

This is not true!

AUTHOR: M Savage - (USA)

I hired Ed Bales and his company to do some very important work for me and he did a wonderful job and worked long and diligently on my case.  Mr. Bales has a good heart and I very much appreciate everything he has done for me and my family.

I hope this post helps and that people don't pay any attention to the negative report that prompted me to write this.

Thank you,
M Savage
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#7 Consumer Comment

False Report

AUTHOR: D Stephens - (USA)

I firmly disagree with the Ripoff Report on Federal Prison Experts, Ed Bales and Joe Gunja.  This is a very reputable company and well respected nationwide.  Anyone who does their proper research will see many news articles and videos in which major network TV stations have requested opinions and done in depth interviews with Mr. Bales; particularly and recently, the Bernie Madoff Matter.

I, myself, hired Federal Prison Experts to do some work on behalf of my fiance`, who is in federal prison.  Mr. Bales kept in constant contact with me and updated me with each step he took.  I was copied with all emails and reports that were filed on behalf of my fiance`.  I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who requires any of the services the company has to offer.

I sincerely believe that the person who wrote this false report only did so because they were not successful in obtaining the result that they were looking for.  I think they were angry and retaliated in the only way they knew how.  Since I work for an attorney, I know that when doing the kind of work that Federal Prison Experts does, there is a code of ethics which they must operate by and within that code is a rule that there can be no promises or guarantees made regarding the outcome of the specific matter at hand.

It's sad that this person felt compelled to slam such a reputable company as Mr. Bales' company.  I hope that others who are researching him and his company do a THOROUGH search  in order that they see all the positive work they have done, as well as all the interviews they have done nationwide.

Thank you,

D Stephens
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#8 UPDATE Employee

Fale Information About Federal Prison Consultants and Experts

AUTHOR: Joe - (United States of America)

This report is completely false, and without any merit.  I am Joe Gunja, who is retired BOP Executive, who was a warden at three facilities and Regional Director, attaining my membership in the Senior Executive Service (SES).  I am the Executive Director of Federal Prison Experts, and am proud to be associated with a firm that advocates the rights of inmates and their families during times of need, many times when they have nobody in their corner. 

I would never have been associated with a company that is dishonest or a fraud.  Every person who is either an employee or consultant, including our President Ed Bales, works hard in every case, and we have a high success rate.  As in any consulting or legal business profession, there are times we cannot be completely successful, but that is not from a lack of effort.  This is the same as any attorney, who cannot always guarantee the outcome of any case. 

I take the comment about me and my other business, SIMCO Correctional Consulting, and the comments about "what if his former employer knows what he is doing" as harrassment and slander, and I must now take this as a personal attack, and am seeking civil action against the person who wrote this report, which I must say again has NO merit.
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