I was contacted by phone from a company called National
Funding Center for a private grant thats awarded from many Grant Making
Organizations (GMO's) aug 15 2009 I was contacted by a Donald Burgin we talked
for a while about me being qualified before they would even consider me as a
client, that they don't take any clients that are applying for grants under
$100,000 Mr Burgen and I talked about the cost of the service he told me $5000
is a retainer for writing the grant. I asked him how does your company get paid
he told me the 5000 pays for all the time it takes to write a package, and they
get a referral fee for the grants that are awarded. I expressed to him that
$5000 is all I have and to be honest it was in a roth IRA account and back up
money for my mothers burial shes 86 and ill.
He told me look Vince you have a
great chance of getting this grant for now get this 150,000, he went on to say
are you going to let $5000 get in the way of getting $150,000? I said can I
trust you , he said yes. I has a Travel Agency business at the time but my
dream was to open a real estate investment group start up, This has been
planned out for over 2 years and I had spent over 20,000 in real estate
education from a company that I intend to do major business with. The Grant
would give me the leverage I needed to get it off the ground. I filled out 2
business profiles one for my travel agency and another for the real estate
start up, and decided to go with the Real Estate profile. I had noticed that once my money was cashed
and the profiles sent in I was not getting call backs in a timely manner. First
they assigned me Vallarie then she went missing out sick or vacation.I didn't
get call backs from her, I then had to keep calling until they assigned Kiyran
then she went missing and then I was assigned to in Nov 2009 Ken Larson.
while I thought OK now we can get the ball rolling. To my dismay Ken stopped
calling also missed phone appointments about the profiles that I sent in. After
many more calls to I finally got in touch with Donald again and the excuses
were starting to come, Ken was out sick but will get back to you. Then again
calling them trying to find out what they were doing with my money, Don said he
was going to send me 32 pages of grant making organizations. I received 16
paged of hard to read information, Called back again where is the rest of then
and what do I do with all this, he said read it these are who we sent them too
, to be honest with you it looked like a list from someone else file. Then
recently I called them and said I need to talk to someone now of I will seek
advice from an attorney because they were not following the steps that were
described on their website. I felt ripped off. I left a message for someone to
call me. I was so pissed at myself for allowing these people to convince me to trust them.
How stupid I was to find out that Victor Cardone the so called one that runs the place was so argent and nasty to me over the for for asking him to provide a run down of what they did for the $5000 I sent to him. The reply I got was hey do you really think someone is going to give you 100k plus without an impact study of setting up a non profit org.What kind of investor are you!! this is just half the story. I wont bore you with the fine details but after going through 3 profilers with missed phone appointments I knew something was up. Victor told me we did all we had to do for the money you gave me. I said to him you won't hear the end of this, Ripping off the public is something you will have to not only sleep with but you will have to own up to sooner or later. I can't believe they are not regulated in any way. I own a travel agency and before we could conduct business we had to register with the attorney generals office and also join a restitution fund all agents in California has to pay into if anyone of us defrauded a client besides going to jail. I will talk to my AG here in California this kind of fraud need to stop and they need to get regulated and all conditions of the contract agreement need to be explained in detail along with a 3 day waiting period, meaning the cash should be in a holding account for 3 days before anything can go forward.
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