• Report: #1139383
Complaint Review:

McNeely Financial Strategies

  • Submitted: Wed, April 16, 2014
  • Updated: Wed, April 16, 2014

  • Reported By: bcurran3 — Granada Hills California
McNeely Financial Strategies
18919 Nordhoff St., Suite 6C Northridge, California USA

McNeely Financial Strategies Timothy James McNeely Fred McNeely Donna Wiggins McNeely Financial Strategies LLC Raymond James Financial Services, Inc Fraud alert! Avoid at all costs Northridge California

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Defamatory Review of McNeely Financial Strategies LLC

*Author of original report: He said, He said.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: It's easy to write a Ripoff Report...See for yourself what a Court of Law Said.

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I've had dealings with Timothy James McNeely, not as a client but as a vendor. I definitely do not condone his behavior. My firsthand experience with him is that he is very unprofessional, a shyster, and has a history of attempted fraud. I warn you to stay away from this man and his business. Timothy McNeely of McNeely Financial Strategies LLC and representing Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. works in the financial field. He takes your money to invest in stocks, bonds, or insurance deal and makes money off of your money no matter if you win or lose. The kind of guy who makes you sign 22 pages of legal contracts to cover his butt. He hired and keeps trying to defraud LAComputerBuddy which is a small, family owned and operated business that trusts people. We've been that way for ten years. Timothy McNeely contacted LAComputerBuddy to solve voice quality and drop out problems with his VOIP phone system.  We discussed the problem and joked around in email and telephone discussions. We sold Mr. McNeely a $1600 router below our cost, gave him a $600 discount. On top of that we charged half the normal rate of network VOIP technician work. We configured it and installed it on his network as planned. We talked about implementation. We explained it to office staff in layman's terms. We tested it afterward. Upon completion his father, Fred McNeely, INSTANTLY commented on the improved clarity of the phone, concept proven and job well done. When we finished the work and looked for payment, we found out that Timothy McNeely had left the state that day for two weeks without ever telling us. The same day that he had set the schedule for us to do the work. We updated him to the job status and sent him an invoice that clearly said the billing terms were "Due upon receipt." Keep in mind, we are overly trusting people and left the expensive equipment there and had done hours of work for him...and he left no compensation. We never asked for a contract or signature. Mr. McNeely sent a partial payment to us via PayPal. We refunded his money and told him that a company check would be fine to save on the PayPal processing fees. Mr. NcNeely then proceeded to send a scathing email. His tone and words hit us from left field. We had done everything he asked, accomplished all goals, and his office was clearly in a better technological state then it was before our work, yet he seemed to want to make an issue out of nothing. We offered to stop by the office to pick up the equipment and zero out his balance, owing us nothing. Mr. NcNeely threatened us with the police! He then bought a discount coupon from Yelp!, which clearly states "not valid with any other promotional offer," and in spite of his $600 discount and incredibly competitive labor rates, demanded we accept it. This is after the work was done and balance past due! We told him we would gladly honor it for any future work. Mr. McNeely then proceeded to make full payment via PayPal. He then went onto any social media outlet he could find to fabricate fictional reviews. He saw we received an accommodation from Thumbtack.com as being ranked in the Top 3 among IT professionals in L.A. He then created an account on Thumbtack.com to write another bad review without ever using Thumbtack.com's service. We believe that Mr. NcNeely saw an opportunity to deceitfully take advantage of the non-contract business situation. Mr. McNeely attempted to "stick-it to us" by fraudulently requesting a refund via PayPal using buyer's protection stating that he never received the product and services. Good thing we had taken a picture of the equipment installed at his office and PayPal denied his fraud attempt.

Let this serve as a public service announcement to all small business owners and independent contractors: AVOID Timothy James McNeely of McNeely Financial Strategies. He's a shyster, a fraud, a troublemaker, an evil opportunist. Don't do business with him unless you want a headache. You have been warned.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Defamatory Review of McNeely Financial Strategies LLC

AUTHOR: Timothy - (USA)

Bill Curran has been asked to remove the Defamatory Review of McNeely Financial Strategies LLC.  I have no provlem with bad reviews or being held pubically accoutable for my actions.  However I and the Law take issue with comments that around unfounded and untrue.

Here it the letter from my attorney.


Mr. Curan,

It has come to my recent attention that you have posted several false, negative and

defamatory reviews regarding McNeely Financial Strategies LLC and Mr. McNeely himself. One review in particular, posted on www.ripoffreport.com, on April 16, 2014, is a perfect example of the type of review that crosses the line from free speech to harmful defamatory speech. The statement that Mr. McNeely is a "shyster" and has a "history of attempted fraud" are especially concerning and damaging to Mr. McNeely. It is false, baseless accusations like these, on such a highly visible platform, that causes severe damage to Mr. McNeely and his business' reputation.

The Courts of California have long recognized the cause of action of Defamation per se. Defamatory statements can be made by either slander, libel or both. In your case, a written review would be considered libel. In a lawsuit based on Defamation per se, damages can be presumed when such false statement are made regarding a person's professional character or business. This type of action can also gives rise to punitive damages, which are designed to deter such harmful and damaging statements as the type that were made in this case.

I have advised Mr. McNeely of his legal options and he is certainly fully committed to ensuring that these false and damaging statements are addressed expeditiously. At this point, he is seeking that this defamatory review be removed from the ripoffreport website immediately. Additionally, he is asking that no further defamatory reviews be posted. If the review remains and continues to damage Mr. McNeely and his business, or you continue to make additional defamatory reviews, Mr. McNeely will have no choice but to explore all of his legal options. 


Robert Vosburg, Esq. 


I have continuted to reach out to Bill Curan but my request for payment of the court settlement along with request for him to remove the defaming remarks have so far been ingnored by him.

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#2 Author of original report

He said, He said.

AUTHOR: bcurran3 - ()

Everything in my ripooffreport is 100% accurate, I have fully documentation. Timothy James McNeely of McNeely Financial Strategies is a scammer and trying to rip people off. He's not doing a good job as he responds, he's just lucky. He went to court with nothing. I was shocked that he actually one the case. It was my first time in court defending myself and though I thought I was prepared, I stumbled and said "Yes sir" and "No sir" a couple times to the judge and before I knew it he dismissed us without me every examining Timothy James McNeely of McNeely Financial Strategies. I complete chocked. I messed up. I didn't ask questions or bring up the facts of Mr McNeely's falacies. I never told the judge all the dirty tricks Timothy McNeely did, just answers the questions that Mr McNeely brought up. The end result is that Mr McNeely got $1600 of equipment from me about ~$400 of labor (I'd have to reference the exact amount.) then the judge decided *I* am supposed to pay him back $2000. HE STILL HAS MY EQUIPMENT! Does anyone in their right mind find this fair? Completely remove my labor from the equation and I'm supposed to be a at a negative $3000 loss? Insane.

I assure you. Timothy James McNeely of McNeely Financial Strategies IS A CON-MAN. He lied to me about attending our appointment and skipped town without paying for parts or labor. He lied to me with the normal "check is in the mail" and it never came. When he did make a payment via PayPal he then went to PayPal and said he never recieved the parts or equipment. (I never had a chance to bring any of this up to the judge!) PayPal at least knew he was full of crap when I showed them proof, and decided against him. He says that I caused problems. There's truth to that statement as two pritners were not configured for him. Know what? When they it was brought to my attention, the problems were fixed at no charge. He fabricates drama when there isn't any. There were no problems that weren't take care of. There is no documentation of him ever having any unresolved issues. All documentation is on my side. He barks but has no evidence to back it up. All evidence is in my favor. Mr McNeely is just a troublemaker and con-man trying to get something for nothing. Can you believe he actually tried to charge back his time at an inflated time and rate? Seriously! He tried to charge me over $400 an hour to replace an Internet router in his office. I'm a specialist at doing that, he's not. I'd like Mr McNeely to explain how he thinks that's a fair rate? Does he charge extra to do work at his own business? Does he make $400 an hour doing that work? Can I see some qualifications? Do you know that is over $800,000 a year? If he's so good at doing what I'm doing and can charge over four times more than me, why isn't he doing that as a business.


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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

It's easy to write a Ripoff Report...See for yourself what a Court of Law Said.

AUTHOR: Timothy - ()

Bill Curran of LA Computer Buddy and I have very different opinions of the service he provided.  You can find my reviews on Yelp.com and elsewhere.

He is trying to run a smear campaign again me...I could spend lots of time typing a rebuttal but for the sake of simplicity I suggest you look up case number 13V05516 at lasuperiorcourt.org.  If you take time to do that you will see that a court of law heard our case and decided in my favor.

So if I'm a scammerr and trying to rip people off...I'm doing a pretty good job.  Or perhaps Bill Curran of LA Computer Buddy is the one who has his facts wrong.

My lawyer will be responding to Bill Curran and taking appropiate action agaist him for slander & defamation of character.

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