ED Magedson – Founder
Jennifer Allen17 Bluff Street Jacksonville, North Carolina USA
Jennifer Allen Lightning Jacks Saloon & Grille Defrauded me out of $20,000.00 in a night club purchase scam Jacksonville North Carolina
Jennifer Allen of Jacksonville, NC was the manager of Lightning Jacks Saloon & Grille. We had become what I thought to be friends through mutual back grounds in the night club and music venue business. During the time of our supposed friendship I had expressed to her my interest in purchasing a night club and mentioned putting in an offer to purchase the lightning jacks Saloon where as I would provide financial backing for said purchase and give her 50% ownership interest in the business for providing sweat equity in managing the business.
We entered into the agreement as stated, I provided her with a down payment of $16,000.00 cash followed by an addition cash payment of $4,000.00 totalling $20,000.00 !!! She told me that she was negotiating a deal with the owner of the business Angela Damiano to purchase the asset of the business and lease the building currently housing said business. [continued below]....
Over a period of time I kept prompting Ms Allen to secure and provide me with an acceptable lease so that we could start in acquiring the required license, insurance and other needs of the business in order to transfer it into our names. Allen finally presented me with copies of all agreements which were made out in her name and LLC. No where on any document was my name or involvement listed. I instructed Allen to correct this matter as well as various clauses and set several deadlines which were all missed on several occasions. Finally when I became frustrated I informed Allen that I wished to withdraw my involvedment in the matter and requested my total deposit it back. I was met with numerous excuses and informed that she had given the $20,000.00 to the seller / owners attorney to hold in escrow for closing. Ms. allen was given instructions several times not to give a penny of my money to anyone without my expressed permission prior to doing anything when we first started this venture. After becoming furious about this she informed me that she did this because she feared me backing out of the deal, she continued to rant about how the deal was done and that she wanted to finish it.
I had given Allen permission to spend $2,250.00 on a down payment for a show booked for the club, this was the only money that she was authorized to spend. I asked Allen the specific time our closing was to be held, she refused to tell me and went on about how the owner would back out if I attended the closing. Yet more red flags. The next morning on the day of the supposed closing I went to speak to the owners attorney only to find out that the owner had absolutely no knowledge of my involvement and that he NEVER received a dime from Allen nor was in the practice of accepting funds prior to a closing.
Outraged I contacted Allen informing her of what I discovered, she then proceeded to tell me that I was now threatening her and that we werent purchasing the club but in fact doing a five year lease with a ballon buyout at the end of that period. Again more lies. I was told that I had agreed to totally different terms and that I would have to wait over a month to get my funds back until after the show she booked. As it turned out she booked an $11,000.00 act featuring Corie Smith using my funds. The owner of the business after finding out about her scam involving combat club promoter Brad Smith refused to allow her to hold the show in her facility. Allen would go on to change the show venue to the local national guard amory and told multiple people that my money would be returned after the show.
I was then contacted by a man refusing to identify himself who later turned out to be Brad Smith, he went on to accuse me of causing them to lose the business deal, scaring off investors in the business and violating our contract. He told me that unless I agreed to sign a statement releasing myself from any involvement in the deal so that they could move forward that nothing would be returned and that we would go to court. I discovered that Jennifer Allen was in fact attempting to purchase the club using my money for both herself and Brad Smith. Needless to say I was floored.
I proceeded in demanding my money to be immediately returned in full and hired an attorney on the matter. Upon being served with notice of legal action against them they proceeded to contact said attorney with fabricated malicious stories hoping to pursued the attorney to drop the case. Jennifer Allen has since blocked the numbers, emails and social media contacts of myself and anyone connected to the matter. How she thought that she would get away with this matter is beyond all of us. I have since filed several civil suits and pressed multiple felony charges against both.
I strongly advise anyone with any knowledge or connection to either Jennifer Allen or Brad Smith to avoid ANY business dealings or financial transactions. To date I have yet to receive a penny of my money back
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