• Report: #1116007
Complaint Review:

Van Carlson

  • Submitted: Thu, January 16, 2014
  • Updated: Sat, June 03, 2017

  • Reported By: Tree Frog Media Design — Kuna Idaho
Van Carlson
1332 N Main St Meridian, Idaho USA

Van Carlson Van Carlson Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance Van Carlson owes me $18K for building the VanityVapes.com website, one of his investment companies Meridian Idaho

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Van Carlson, owner of Van Carlson Insurance Agency, a Farmer's Insurance company located in Meridian Idaho, is also one of the owners and investors of a company that I built a website for. The business is c/alled Capellan International or Vanity Vapes. Most recently it's gone from Capellan International to Vanity Vapes LLC to Vanity Vapes Inc to the current VanityVapes.com.

I built a website for Vanity Vapes, but unfortunately am still owed $18K for services rendered. It all came to an abrubt halt when they were evicted from their office in Boise for not paying rent or utilities. This left 30+ employees out of jobs without being paid for nearly 6 weeks.

On top of that, other business tactics included withholding deductions from employees paychecks for medicare/medicaid, social security, as well as federal and state taxes. Admittedly by CEO Elvis Capellan, this company is worth millions of dollars and has done millions of dollars in sales, but oddly enough, they haven't paid any Sales Tax to the Idaho State Tax Commission for the nearly $154,000.00 in sales tax that they owe if their sales figures are accurate.

What is VanityVapes.com?

It is a company that sells personal vaporizers, or more commonly known as E-Cigarettes, Electronic Cigarettes or "Vapes", hence the name Vanity Vapes. Essentially it is flavored liquid that is heated and in turned into vapor, then ingested, giving the user the nicotine fix that they want without the smoke.

Unfortunately, at the point where I no longer wanted to have anything to do with this company was when I found out that their main business focus was to have fruit and candy flavors so they could entice junior high and high school kids into purchasing their products. They engaged in telemarketing to these children right after school got out and before parents would get home.

At one point, the decided to run an advertising campaign on tv and radio in the tri-state area around Ohio since the laws in those state don't prohibit children from purchasing "vaping" products. As Elvis Capellan told me, we will make almost $10 million dollars this year alone. After discovering what they were doing, I called him out on it and told him that I couldn't have anything to do with what they were doing because it was illegal and wrong. It was the next day when he was evicted from his Boise office and moved it into his garage in Nampa, Idaho.

After talking to Van Carlson about what was going on, he seemed to be concerned on the phone, but it had been explained to me that the investors were behind the marketing strategies, even bringing in a marketing consultant to make the business more lucrative and profitable.

If Van Carlson supports Vanity Vapes with those kind of morals, values and business ethics, what about his other businesses like Van Carlson Insurance Agency and any other companies that he owns/has invested in.

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Rebuttal by Van Carlson

AUTHOR: Van_Carlson - ()

In 2013, three co-investors and I invested a total of $60,000 in Vanity Vapes. In a matter of months after this investment, Vanity Vapes was no longer a going concern. If Mr. Johns’ valuation of his services is correct, you can imagine the type of outlandish spending that lead to our investment being squandered in a matter of months. Mr. Johns is frustrated, and my co-investors and I share his frustration. Unfortunately, Mr. Johns is directing his frustration at the wrong people.

If you (the reader of this report) wish to discuss this with me, I encourage you to bring it up the next time we speak.


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