- Report: #194010
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Robert Ritch, Rob Ritch, Gatekeeper
Robert Ritch, Rob Ritch, Gatekeeper2341 Brookside Road, Axton, VA 24054 Axton, Virginia U.S.A.
Robert Ritch, Rob Ritch, Gatekeeper Accepted Broker Fees and Did No Work. Set Up Credit Card Equipment Lease and Did not Deliver. Axton Virginia
*Consumer Comment: Robert has been an absolute blessing to deal with!
*Consumer Comment: Rob has funded many deals!
*Consumer Comment: Robert Ritch is a great guy
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: What Law Suit?
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Carl's Business Plan was against the law
*Consumer Suggestion: Report on Robert Ritch
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(By the way, I contacted Mr. Ritch's references and business associates. I also did extensive Internet research before paying any fees. Everything seemed correct. I later learned that Mr. Ritch probably paid his "references" for a positive report.)
When I questioned the value of Mr. Ritch's "efforts", he suddenly "found" and "investor". However, he said that I needed a credit card machine lease worth $5,000 to "establish credit". I did not need credit card machines for the business venture and agreed to the lease only on the condition that Mr. Ritch would take over the lease if the investment money did not materialize.
He signed me up for the lease but had "fax trouble" so I never got a copy of the document. He had the credit card readers diverted to himself. He pocketed the lease brokerage fee of about $2,500.
The "investor" turned out to be one of Mr. Ritch's associates who wanted me to pay for travel, lodging and food for his visit of several weeks to my office to show me how to arrange my company to attract investors. I said that this was unnecessary since I already had a broker (i.e. Mr. Ritch) who had done this work. The "investor" then offered the same deal to show me how to set up a data base for my company operations. I pointed out that, as an IT Project Manager, I was fully qualified to design a data base. The "investor" then offered to come, at my expense, to teach *him* data base design. I declined.
With no real investors interested (and probably none ever contacted), I terminated the brokerage arrangement with Mr. Ritch. He wrote that he transferred the credit card machine lease to his name and said he paid for it with money orders. None of this was true. He never paid a dime or processed any paperwork to take over the lease.
I reported the situation to the Federal Trade Commission and the Oregon Department of Justice. It turns out Mr. Ritch stayed just below the threshold of ripoff that triggers an investigation.
So, Mr. Ritch left me stuck responsible for a four-year unbreakable lease for credit card equipment he is evidently using in his business. He refuses to respond to my calls or e-mails.
Entrapraneurs, Beware! Rob Ritch wants your money and he wants to destroy your dreams.
Klamath Falls, Oregon
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/31/2006 04:04 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Robert-Ritch-Rob-Ritch-Gatekeeper/Axton-Virginia-24054/Robert-Ritch-Rob-Ritch-Gatekeeper-Accepted-Broker-Fees-and-Did-No-Work-Set-Up-Credit-Ca-194010. 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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