• Report: #120455
Complaint Review:

Christopher Gerlitz - Martial Arts Fitness Centre

  • Submitted: Tue, November 30, 2004
  • Updated: Fri, June 13, 2014

  • Reported By:Calgary Alberta
Christopher Gerlitz - Martial Arts Fitness Centre
1202 - 12th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta Canada

Christopher Gerlitz - Martial Arts Fitness Centre Unauthorized debiting, unpaid suppliers, imminent bankruptcy RIPOFF Calgary Alberta *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Christopher Gerlitz of the Martial Arts Fitness Centre in Calgary Alberta convicted of fraud

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1. MAFC has - on multiple ocassions - deliberately debited or attempted to debit members' accounts for HIGHER amounts than agreed for monthly dues. They do this to create instant cash flow. The refunds (months later) are paid out of future receivables.

2. MAFC will frequently NOT honour written resignations, and WILL CONTINUE to bill members' accounts for several billing cycles past their resignation date. Again, this is done to create cash flow.

3. MAFC have been taken to court by Alberta Employment Standards due to unpaid employee payroll. An out of court settlement was reached, but the payment bounced.

4. MAFC frequently slow-pays or no-pays. Currently outstanding are payments for their rent, gym equipment, federal taxes, municipal taxes, mirrors, and specialized medical equipment for their sister company, The Injury Institute.

5. Available are copies of letters sent by the Club's owner Christopher Gerlitz which reflect his 'business' language and attitudes.

6. Prospective members are cautioned that typically a fitness centre with the amount of outstanding bills to be paid (excess of $50,000 immediately due) and inadequate receivables will declare bankruptcy within 3 to 6 months.

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EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back!


Go to your bank within 60 days of the charge, or as soon as you know about the charge, don't delay, and tell them that there has been fraudulent activity within your account. Explain that you wish to file a dispute, and demand that they assist you in accordance with Federal Regulation E.

According to the majority of victims interviewed by Rip-off Report, those who immediately called their banks to dispute the charges did not get very far. Many victims got the following responses from their banks: we could not do anything for you or you waited too long; it has been more than 60 days.

If the bank is says that you have waited too long, explain to them how you called their 800 number as soon as the charges were found, and were told by the bank that nothing could be done. Remind the bank that they failed to assist you properly at the 800 #, and instead, provided you with an inadequate explanation of your right to dispute. Tell the bank that it's their fault time has expired, and since they gave you the wrong info to begin with, they will just have to deal with it, take the loss and reverse the charges.

Tell them the truth; this was unauthorized and your account was NOT to be charged! Keep emphasizing how you never authorized anything! Direct them to the hundreds of victims reports that were filed on Rip-off Report.com. And if you're at the bank, walk them over to their computer and make them go to this site! If you are on the phone with them, tell them you will wait while they access this site! Either way, be persistent!


Let them know nicely, that you were advised to Report them (the Bank) and this situation to the Banking Commission in your state. Since each state has a different name for the agency/controller over banks, find that name before you call or get to the bank so you can throw it in their face. The more knowledgeable you appear to be, the further you will get.

And just continue to demand the Federal Regulation E form! The bank CAN, MUST and WILL reverse the charge! But, you must be persistent; ask to speak to the supervisor or the area manager for all the branches in the state.

Let the bank personnel know you are meeting with the media later in the day, that you would much rather they do the right thing (as most other banks have) by looking at the complaints and immediately reversing the charge(s) to your account; no matter how long ago it was. Be sure to call the Media if necessary so you are telling the truth.

If you have to, be loud (but nice) in front of other customers. If you are just calling by phone, the above tactics should still work. The bank can easily fax or mail to you the Federal Regulation E dispute form.


If the charge was to your credit card (not debit card, check card, or checking account), contact the credit card company as soon as possible to request a dispute form. Consumers usually have a little longer to dispute fraudulent credit card charges (up to 6 months), but it is better to act right away. In this type of situation, credit card disputes are usually successful since fraudulent companies often won't contest the disputed charge. In rare cases, credit card companies will review disputes, but refuse to reverse the charges. If this occurs, complain to a manager and let them know you will be filing a report here.

Remember Don't let them get away with it! Make sure they make the Rip-off Report .. The more Reports filed on a Company or individual, the more likely it is that the authorities, media and attorneys will want to take action.

And good luck Let us know how you do!

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Christopher Gerlitz of the Martial Arts Fitness Centre in Calgary Alberta convicted of fraud

AUTHOR: Bill - ()

Calgary, Alberta, June 4, 2014... The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Christopher Gerlitz, of Calgary, AB, was sentenced in Alberta Provincial Court on May 29th, 2014, to filing false tax returns for Martial Arts Fitness Corporation, of which he was the 100% shareholder for the 2002 and 2003 tax years. Mr. Gerlitz has been sentenced to six months in jail on the tax fraud charges.

Evidence provided to the Court showed that Mr. Gerlitz falsely inflated by $55,660 the amount he had paid to a business manager of Martial Arts Fitness. The false amounts were entered as evidence in a motor vehicle law suit. Mr. Gerlitz then used the inflated amounts as false expenses on his corporate tax returns for 2002 and 2003.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

Source: cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/cnvctns/ab/ab140604-eng.html


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