• Report: #57303
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Bernard Haldane Associates

  • Submitted: Sat, May 17, 2003
  • Updated: Mon, November 17, 2003

  • Reported By:Chicago Illinois
Bernard Haldane Associates
980 N. Michigan Ave. Ste 1400 Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.


*Consumer Comment: Illinois Charges Bernard Haldane Co. With Deceiving Job-Seekers

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Bernard Haldane Associates has been busted again for deceiving consumers. The Illinois Attorney General is now investigating their illegal business practices, just after the Kansas Attorney General fined the scum bags $400,000 for fraud.

Several other states are close to launching their own investigation of these crooks. I really hope the Illinois Attorney General puts them out of business for causing so much harm to innocent, vulnerable consumers across the country. Taking advantage of desperate, unemployed people has to be the lowest, most disgusting thing a company can do.

It is very important to report your bad experience with Bernard Haldane to your states Attorney General so that this company can be stopped from victimizing more people.

Victims in Illinois should inform the Illinois Attorney General's office and file a complaint by calling:
1-800-386-5438 or 312-814-3580

I have included a recent article from CBS about Bernard Haldanes deception.

A CBS 2 investigation has spurred action from the Illinois Attorney General tonight. Earlier this week, Pam Zekman looked into the sales practices of one of the country largest career-counseling firms, Bernard Haldane and Associates. They have offices in Chicago, Oakbrook and Rolling Meadows.

Former clients told us they paid thousands of dollars in fees because they believed the sales pitch made by Haldane salesmen.

"They promise things they cannot and do not deliver" Christine Stritzel told us.

Like a website with job openings exclusive to Haldane and guarantees that clients will get jobs.

Without admitting any guilt Haldane has agreed to stop using similar misleading claims in four other states, but these consent decrees the company signed have no effect here.

Last year for example, the Kansas Attorney General charged that Haldane "told clients they had access to a hidden job market...when this was not true."

But Haldane salesman Gary Herstein made the same claim when we sent CBS 2s Executive Producer, Scott Keenan undercover as a potential client. "(The) hidden job market was something that he advertised. That they had 55,000 active jobs."

Now, in response to our investigation, Pat Kelly, the consumer protection chief for the Illinois Attorney General says if similar violations of the consumer fraud act are found here, "we would be getting an injunction to change practices, stop them all together to do whatever is appropriate to stop the deception."

A spokeswoman for Haldane says the company will cooperate fully with any investigation and expects a positive outcome. The company has denied that salesmen guarantee jobs to clients, and says it has helped thousands of people in the Chicago area.

If you want to file a complaint against Bernard Haldane contact the Illinois Attorney General's office at 312-814-3580.

Chicago, Illinois

CLICK HERE, You must read this!! ..Financial Post Article LINK - Haldane not up to the job ..exposing this company for what it really is - a huge scam

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#1 Consumer Comment

Illinois Charges Bernard Haldane Co. With Deceiving Job-Seekers

AUTHOR: Mike - (U.S.A.)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against a career counseling company that allegedly deceived its clients to obtain advance fees for its services.

Madigans suit charges two corporations operating under the name Bernard Haldane and Associates with charging job-seekers hefty upfront fees for access to a supposed "secret job market" which in fact does not exist.

In a slow economy like ours, people out of work are highly hopeful and highly susceptible to claims that a high-paying job is available, Madigan said. This company inexcusably and illegally took advantage of its hard-working clients.

The defendants allegedly sold career counseling services to Illinois consumers by promising to match candidates with their ideal job and claiming to be selective about which clients they took on.

While the company mainly targeted middle- and upper-management job seekers, clients with less formal education were assured that a lack of education would not be an obstacle for finding a high-paying job. In addition, the company conducted psychological exams but had no one qualified to analyze the results of those tests.

Madigan said the defendants built up false hopes in their clients and then asked for money, taking a financial profile of each applicant and charging the clients varying amounts of money based on the liquid assets of each applicant. The fees ranged between $3,500 and $12,500 and unfairly charged different customers higher fees for the same service.

After making all of these allegedly false claims, Haldane employees never found employment for many of their clients.

Madigan noted the fees were collected from the consumers before any results were produced, and that the customers often remained unemployed. Haldane employees told their clients to refrain from looking for jobs during the program, decreasing the likelihood that they would find a job on their own.

The defendants are charged with numerous violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. Madigans suit seeks a permanent injunction against the defendants, a civil penalty of $50,000 for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Acton and restitution to the victims.

These suits highlight how people who very much want to work can be taken advantage of by con artists during tough economic times, Madigan said.

The suit names California-based DRB, Ltd. and Illinois-based Career Management, Inc., which together operate the counseling business under the Haldane name, and the individual salesmen working for Career Management, Inc.
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