Office Depot and U.S. Communities have engaged in kickbacks, fraud overcharging, mis-representation of pricing, and ground zero for this national scandal is Walnut Creek (CA).
What really goes on at U.S. Communities and who are the shadowy figures that enrich themselves at this murky organization? How are they tied to the $100 million in annual alleged overcharges by Office Depot?
On the state level, the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA), an independent office products trade association, issued a press release a few weeks ago urging the the California Attorney General to look specifically at Office Depot's Walnut Creek-based US Communities contracts, which they allege resulted in "kickbacks" perhaps exceeding $20 million. A representative from US Communities said that these allegations are false, and clarified that the nonprofit -- which matches public entities with the cheapest office supply deals -- receives just one to two percent of the sales price from the vendors (including Office Depot, among others) to cover their administrative costs.
Subject: Three Ex-Office Depot Executives now senior managers at U.S. Communities.......Re: BACKGROUND...US Communities/California Communities/HBCapital Resources/Law Offices of Stephen Hamill (GM/CEO of all) all located at Suite 700, 2033nN. Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Three (3) ex-Office Depot executives are now senior managers at U.S. Communities: Kevin Jurhing, Paul Terragno, Chris Robb, all were instrumental while at Office Depot in setting up the fraudulent schemes, which they now oversee as U.S. Communities Executives under the direction of Stephen (Steve) Hamill.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES IS RUN BY THE SAME INDIVIDUALS AS US COMMUNITIES AND IS LOCATED AT THE SAME LOCATION. ALSO NOTE THE LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN HAMILL CEO/GM OF BOTH ORGANIZATIONS IS LOCATED AT THE SAME ADDRESS. U.S. COMMUNITIES/CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES/CANADIAN COMMUNITIES/HB CAPITAL RESOURCES/LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN HAMILL 2033 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
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