• Report: #724413
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Digital Innovations owner Donnie Hough

  • Submitted: Sun, May 01, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, May 10, 2011

  • Reported By: Mary Brannon — Dearing Georgia United States of America
Digital Innovations owner Donnie Hough
6611 South Point Parkway Jacksonville, Florida United States of America

Digital Innovations owner Donnie Hough contractor for Directv CON ARTIST Jacksonville, Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Word cannot express what a rip off Donald Hough is !!

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  Attention all satellite installers and consumers of satellite services  Donald Hough of Digital Innovations Inc. Is a con artist.

 Consumers if your installer appears at your door with a contract that has Digital Innovations on  the letter head Do Not sign anything, kindly send the installer away and call your retailer. 
Call 1-800 Directv and they will send out there prefferd installation company to install your system.

 Now let me explain why Mr. Donald Hough is a con artist.    My boyfriend began subcontracting with Digital Innovations , Donald Hough on or around February 7, 2011.  My boyfriend signed a contract that stated  he would be paid in four to six weeks at the rate of sixty dollars for the first box and eight for each additional with all custom money coming to him the installer.  My boyfriend and I had to supply all cable, fittings, zip ties, cement, pole mounts and much more very expensive supplies.  I took the last 500.00$ of my income tax money to help my boyfriend start this venture.  It looked to be a very promising job, something we would soon realize would not be true.  It was a nightmare from day  one!  Daily my boyfriend checked on his jobs that were his on the digitalinnovationsinc.net  website  most all of his jobs were in a city 90 miles one way away 180 miles round trip. And that is not counting the miles in between the jobs! All of this being done in our personal vehicle.  Brian went on doing his jobs and things were getting tight, you see that five hundred dollars was all that we had . We kept telling ourselves that he said it would be four to six weeks to be paid, well four weeks comes and goes  and we see nothing , so we thought no big deal, yes we may have to borrow but we will pay it back when six weeks hits and my boyfriend gets paid.   Six weeks came and went  and we saw nothing! Weeks 7,8,9,10,11 pass and we have still yet to see anything!  No longer able to borrow from my retired parents and his mom and stepfather all for the sake of my boyfriend to be able to go to work ,  my boyfriend called  Mr. Donald Hough and said look you havent paid me and I can not afford to go to the jobs I dont have gas and are low on supplys .   He said man I havent been paid by the retailer yet so I cant pay you but I can give you some gas money, give me your bank account info and I will deposit some gas money in it.  And true enough he did deposit gas money in the account, but this senario would carry out many more times and still no paycheck.  All in all he deposited 900.00 in my account since my boyfriend does not have one.   All together my boyfriend should have made 2448.00 Minus the website fee of 20.00 a month and Insurance 10.00 a Job and the 900.00 already sent Mr. Hough owes my boyfriend 1148.00.   But this is not the kicker!

My boyfriend gets a call from Mr. Hough one day and purports that the retailer they have been working for has fired the company.  He tells my boyfriend to go to the warehouse stocked full of equipment and take it to move it from one warehouse to another so that he could get paid.  We took the equipment from one warehouse (really a storage facility) to another and my boyfriend had to sign a contract for the new storage facility, which Donald did pay for, but was told that he needed to come sign the contract himself. He paid for the last few days in March and all of April.  During April I had finally convinced my boyfriend that Donald Hough was never going to pay him ... and that he needed to quit and find a new job.   My boyfriend finally quit  and called Mr. Hough and told him he need to come and get that storage facility out of his name, needless to say Mr. Hough never showed up ,  he was given plenty of notice and two weeks to get the storage in his name or collect his inventory .    When the owner of the storage facility called and said I have faxed this contract muptilple times and he has yet to sign it, you need to come clear out the facility or you will be charged ,  if you dont pay your name will go in the paper and equipment sold at auction .  We felt that we had no choice but to clear out the storage facility .  We haven't seen a paycheck yet , how stupid would we be to believe that he would pay the bill for storage that was in my boyfriends name!  So now we are stuck with equipment taking up room in our shed and no money to boot, and he wants to proclaim that we stole his equipment, telling us that we have commited theft by conversion, well the way I see it he has commited theft of services and I will go to ends of the earth until my boyfriend recieves money that his due to him.  Point blank do not do business with this creep!

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Word cannot express what a rip off Donald Hough is !!

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

Firstly Donald Hough is an ex-employee of Mastec corporation, aka an installation subsidiary of Directv, I have Directv in my home and have much respect for Directv, their equipment and heir quality trained staff. Donald Hough on the other hand is a CON ARTIST in every respect of the term. I worked for him for about three months back in 08, was paid only a small fraction of what he owed me, and that was only because, like you, paying nearly 5 dollars a gallon for gas, could no longer travel from
Brunswick Ga., to Jacksonville Fla. (90 plus miles) one way. What made me realize he was a crook was the day I rode with him to a job, (3 story medical building) and he was asking $600 dollars for the install and the Administrator of the business told him he was out of his mind.

On the way back to Brunswick, he got a call and I will never forget him telling the poor tech. on the other end of the phone that he would have his mother take him some gas because he had run out, because he would not pay him. He owes me a lot of money, and I am sure your boyfriend signed the "contract" that Donald either faxed or emailed him. He thinks this will cover him, it will not, because slavery was outlawed long ago. Get in touch with me or put your e-mail/phone number here so we can
make sure this fraud is in jail where he belongs.

Please note , When I put him on rip off report, He knew immediately the next day, as I also reported him to the better business bureau. So he does read these things, but I have a complete record of all jobs that I did for him and corresponding e-mails on disc. One other thing, here is how is scam works:

1) He puts an ad in usually a Jacksonville newspaper
2) A satellite tech responds
3) He tells them all about how much money they will make....blah blah blah
4) Tech works and works and works, until they are out of money, 
5) He tells tech "I havent been paid by the company yet, just keep working"
6) Finally tech has enough and wants his money, you may get a little gas money.........
7) Tech finally quits, Calls him, (good luck gettin him on the phone) and wants the money
he is owed. He tells tech he has to work for two more weeks (as per the contract I signed) and 
if you refuse to work two more weeks , he tells you that you have failed to live up to your end
of the bargain and totally refuses to pay you on the grounds that jobs have been scheduled 
to you and he has lost money, therefore the money owed you is now zero.
8) Now he has just lost a tech yet made a ton of money because you the tech got very little or
none at all.
9) He starts his scam all over again by putting up a new in usually in a Jacksonville, Fla. paper
and soon a new sucker calls him and goes thru the whole scam all over again.

He has been doin this at least 3 years and I am pretty sure a lot longer than that, back when he got me all of the satellite equipment was mailed directly to the customer, so , on top of ripping off his employees , he had no overhead, and then I saw him one day take a set of HDMI cables out of a customers satellite receiver box, (outside , out of sight of the customer)
then go back in and tell the customer his needed a set of HDMI cables in order to hook up his system, and proceed to sell the HDMI cables back to the customer for $100.00 dollars !!!!

He expected all of his techs to do this a lot of other sleazy things because he knew if you were making a lot of money by ripping of customers, then you would not be hounding him for the money he owed you. His daddy is a lawyer (so he says) and his mommy (true) works in the office. I am quite confident they all know they are committing fraud which is a felony. I do not know if Directv is aware of his lying deceitful ways, but maybe a little bad publicity will go a long way. Lastly he can be reported to the Attorney General of Florida and easily sent to prison for his fraud. Get with me and lets stop this crook and I personally want to see him sent to prison for a long long time.

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