• Report: #92642
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D.E.Z Associates - Loyda DeBara

  • Submitted: Sun, May 23, 2004
  • Updated: Fri, June 04, 2004

  • Reported By:Ft Lauderdale Florida
D.E.Z Associates - Loyda DeBara
7178 Southwest 47th Street Suite A, Miami, Florida U.S.A.

D.E.Z Associates Aka Desert Incorporated - Loyda DeBara I was ripped off of $1200 posing as a Human Resource Agency for Department of Children and Families in Miami, ripoff Miami Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: DEFENSE for DEZ

*UPDATE Employee: Client Rebuttal-Positive

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: DEZ Associates/ No Rip Off or Fraud

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To whom it may concern,

I am Carlyn, a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University. I have been ripped off of $1200 by a South Florida Business women posing as a Human Resource Agency for DCF. Her name is Loyda DeBara.

I met Ms. DeBara through a friend that answered an ad in the news paper. She was recruiting case managers (aka Support Coordinators) for Development Disabled individuals. She charged each person $150 for the application. I was not qualified for the position. Ms. Debara stated that DCF is looking for individuals to open Human Resource Agencies due to high volume enrollment. She stated that Florida's license fee was $1200. She also said that she gets paid $600 per recruitment form DCF.

Ms. Debara lied. She swindled me out of $1200 and my friends Marielle P. and Luann L. out $150 since January. There are countless others that were swindled however, I do not know who they are. I suspected something was wrong. I tried to contact her but she was no where to be found. I suspect she is in South Florida and lives in Miami. I called Shana Sakoff, the Inspector General for DCF and she confirmed that Ms. Derbara was a fraud.

Ms. Sakoff contacted the state attorney general, Fred Kurstien, to file charges as this was a scheme to defraud. Fred Kurstein's office dropped the case on March 29th based on the assumption that this is her first offense.

Where do I go from here? Ms. Debara claims that she has moved out the state. She also sent Ms. Sakoff three separate e-mails stating that she will give us our money but has never done so.

I am confident that you can help me resolve this problem. I anticipate your response and will provide you with any information that will help resolve this matter.

Thank you,

Ft Lauderdale, Florida

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


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

I worked for LDB and D.E.Z. Associates and I responded to the first advisory on this sight when I was there. DEZ is an unemployment One Stop that helps the unemployed community and reports on the search for work.

I am very upset that CJ would say things like that about the company and any fee. I know and remeber her well and the case she stated above was all untruthful. My opinion is she is trying to receive money back or something. She wanted to open a one stop and would send her friends and charge them herself,not our office.

Mrs. de Bara would send applicants from lists she was provided to different job openings such as the airport, City Jobs, etc. If she knew of any jobs she would tell the applicants and help them with the applications, etc. We went out of our way. She would place jobs in the local papers for positions. However for all positions, not just for SC.I do not inderstand the confusion and how someone is allowed to defamate someone's kindness and company reputation by just writing in this sight. The name Shana Sakoff is mentioned from the Inspector Generals office and she was in charge of our company, complaints and business ethics and questions. There are Florida Case Files # that show complaints if any and comments and outcomes and maybe the truth should be researched without using peoples names.

I am going to contact the Inspector General and list what happen again.It is none of my business anymore because I am not working there, but I am not working there beacuse one of the wonderful U/E applicants broke into the office and took everything. DEZ did not have enough money to replace what was lost. Please come back and read later. We saw at least 80 people a day and I do not know if there were any other complaints? I was told about the complaint by my husband surfing the net and going into your sight.
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AUTHOR: Becky - (U.S.A.)

Dear Carlyn,
I have recently read your letter concerning the women named Loyda Debara, with DEZ. Unfortunetly, I am very concerned with your response and outcome. I have a BA and a MA. I was also guided by a friend to the new ad for this position. During the longevity of our interview I was very clear that this was a company that assisted those in need with positions that met their specific qualifications. She clearly stated, as all other agencies, that this was her position. Carlyn, there is no garantees in anything. I am sorry it did not work out for you. I was infromed of all the positions available that I would not have known otherwise. This was this company's job, position and mission. I can say today, that I am glad and prospering well because of her guidance and information.
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

DEZ Associates/ No Rip Off or Fraud

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

Carlyn, was not ripped off by myslef or the company. She new full well that my company was a hiring agency and that is the type of company she paid the fee and wanted help in opening and I have proof of e-mails and letters by CJ back and forth that even suggest how much she will be charging when she does finally open her own agency and she sent people to DEZ and charged them a higher fee. My ads always stated that I was an agency and I hired for different positions. As for her other listed people, the jobs for Support Coordinators do exist. They were contacted by the department of childrens human resources for more paper work after my company helped them fill out the applications. They just wanted there money back because I charged them an agency fee however they would not know about those positions if it was not for DEZ. I did everything posible to conduct everything correctly. Before I placed the ad for coordinators I called DCF-Deanna Cheung and the department to verify the positions were available and I was told yes. Every single applicant that applied for SC was sent all the Department of Children & Families Web Site information (PUBLIC INFORMATION ANYONE CAN VIEW) with employment information by position, application, how to apply, requirements and so on and then if they wanted to come into the office and apply and pay the fee they were given an appointment. I spent hours with everyone and stayed late for anything my applicants needed. When I began working with the Inspector Generals Office because of some complaints about the fee. I offered and did pay in return many people that were not happy with the fee even though they have gone on to work in the Department.Ms. Sakoff I hope has never said I was a fraud because the positions are still there and she confirmed they exist and were there in my volintary meetings with her in her office. Now everyone is trying to take the advantage of asking for the fee back because I have paid some people and that is not fair. As for CJ complaint, she was well aware of the fee and I helped her as much as possible. I even offered to go into an agency with her and she agreed. I helped her open the corporation, the licensing, budgeting, ad costs, overhead reports, info, etc. and most of the information took months to get from her or I did not get at all. I am sorry that some regret paying a fee to my agency for services and I have definatley learned how cruel people can be but everyone came in with there eyes open and all the factual information about the positions. I still like all the applicants and have even given money to many people that came into the office in need. SO SAD. I will eventually pay CJ and have already sent the other two there refund. I have never wanted any problems. Thank you.
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