Report: #1489652

Complaint Review: Sean Keating, Bellhaven Yachts - Bellingham Washington

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  • Reported By: Jerry — Bellingham Washington United States
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  • Sean Keating, Bellhaven Yachts 700 Coho Way Bellingham, Washington United States

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I worked for Sean and I've been chasing him for my pay for months now and ended up filing a small claims action against him. Sean is an absolute nightmare to deal with, the abuse I've endured from his harrassing texts, emails and phone calls are far beyond anything normal for behavior, he claims my sales were done fraudulently and that I was involved in wire fraud to name a few reasons he says he doesn't have to pay me - all of it bogus.

This is a guy that has used customers boats on multiple occassions for his personal enjoyment all unauthorised, a few customers caught him and were absolutely livid - one he  had to pay the owner for a day charter to avoid legal action. He took a new girlfreind out in a small 24' boat during a small craft warning - apparently it was a harrowing experience, someone could have got hurt, the boat was left half tied up, with equipment strewn all over, he has absolutely no respect for other peoples property.

Listing Agreements boat brokers use authorize a broker to sell a boat for a specified price, Sean constantly advertises much lower prices than what is agreed to then brow beats clients into accepting lower offers - one client left his Registration signed as the seller of the boat and trailer - that was to be held in trust - as he was leaving for the winter for someplace warmer.

Sean low balled the advertising and sold the boat in two days at a 30% discount from the agreed asking price, then sent the seller a check for a little over half - that is about as unethical as it gets! Then he tells me my listing agreement on that boat was a fraud so in his mind he doesn't have to pay. My day in court is coming.

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#6 Author of original report

More Nonsense from Sean A. Keating

AUTHOR: Jerry - (United States)

POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Well like I have stated before, there is not much out of Sean's mouth that is true. There has been a couple more court cases this fall, His silent partner was granted a petition to have a receiver appointed for the business and it has been shut down - he recovered $0.00 from his $300K plus investment.

All accounting records, computers/servers mysteriously dissappeared from the business prior to the receiver ganing access to it, as with everything else of value - all gone. Keating left the business in default of at least 3 - 4 months rent at the time of being shut down early November.

Keating lost a court case instigated by another boat company for a fraud that he committed of which that company was awarded a small monatary judgement against him personally and Bellhaven Inc. 

All his talk of vehicle theft and police reports, and fraudulent checks is all very scary and grabs peoples attention - not much truth to it though - except a Porsche belonging to his silent partner was successfully repossessed in June from Keating who had hidden it on him for 8 months - it has been returned to the rightful owner.

The check he claims I wrote, is a bogus claim - His Partner signed a check that a bookeeper made out for my pay based on agreed and normal commission percentages that Keating went off the rails about - like everything else he hates to pay anyone for the work they do - I did nothing wrong, never stole anything.

I do not work for the company he mentioned in his staement, albeit I have on 3 separate times in the last 15 years and have moved on being my choice to pursue other ventures.

What's true is - Keating bankrupted Bellhaven Inc. the company is gone, along with his partner's $300K plus investment - he did gamble a chunk of it away in casino's using corporate funds - he used the companies trust account like his own piggy bank - the Bank statements proving it, are public record as that material was entered as evidence when the WA Supreme Court granted Receivership of the company.

He has absolutely harrassed and tormented at least 15 individuals including his partner with death threats, made up stories and claims that have no truth or basis in reality what so ever.

It's been a year since I left Bellhaven and like a bad nightmare this Toxic goof keeps dragging everybody back into his nightmare - on that note he's in court again today on another matter against him involving his fraudulent actions.

At the end of the day, he managed to scalp me for about $6K in pay - speaking of crooks, fraudsters, and thieves.


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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Jerry is a theif and disgruntled former employee

AUTHOR: Sean - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 Jerry stole a company vehicle (which was found and returned) in December of 2019 at the direction of Randolf Cherewick. He also wrote himself a business check fraudulently to steal thousands of dollars from Bellhaven. Jerry owes over $100,000 in child support and the police report from the stolen vehicle states that he is so beligerigant that he can’t even respond to the officer.

He currently works for Crows Nest Yachts. The owner of Crows Nest Yachts told me "that my current and previous staff were trying to hurt me and Bellhaven”. Not Crows Nest fault, but Jerry Koch is an angry drunk who got fired for theft.

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#4 Author of original report

He finally did it! Sean Keating Sinks Healthy Well Established Company in 13 Months and Rips Off Friend and Partner for $315,000.00

AUTHOR: Jerry - (United States)

POSTED: Sunday, September 27, 2020

It's absolutely tragic what this monster has done. Keating, a proliffic liar has damaged not only the reputations, but also the lives of several people here in Bellingham. He went into partnership with a freind of his who put up the money to buy Bellhaven Yacht Sales and Charters - the partner also secured a $90K line of credit secured with a CD to help with operating expenses, and put up the bond for office space and slip rental leases for 44 slips with the Port of Bellingham, because he trusted Keating and believed in him - the smooth operator that he is.

Keating threatened his parnter with everything from theft, embezzlement, fraud, and of course him being crazy, over time, being the last 11 months - he harrased him, myself and others with vicous and vulger texts and emails - the partner recieving death threats, bogus police reports and threats of being charged with fraud and so forth - there isn't an honest bone in this guys body or a truthful statement out of his mount. I'm certain he was projecting all of the things he was actually doing onto us, whilst bleeding the company dry.

Keating stole abut $6,000.00 of his partners personal belonings from a corporate apartment they once shared. the partner learning about it after Keating was evicted for non payment of rent - Keating tried to steal the partners Porsche by means of conversion - then tried to implicate the partner in a false fraud claim for it - after it was reposessed. He accused me of car theft - which couldn't be further from the truth - it was never his car - he certainly never paid anyone for it - and he hid it from his partner the rightful ownder for over 8 months, Keating's girlfriend Leah who lived out of town was driving it the whole time, they found it and it was reposessed 3 months ago, afterwhich Keating went on a rampage.

Keating booked it a month ago when a court appointed reciever for the business was appointed, running away with over two months of slip rental income (about $40K? not exactly sure, as some slips were empty), in the last 9 months he blew over $30,000.00 at local casino's, countless thousands at high end restaurants and bars, wild weekends jet-setting around the west coast with stops in Las Vegas - living the high life with money he scammed from his partner and the business. The $90K line of credit - all used up, Keating was behind in payments and the bank called in the loan. Bank statements don't lie as he treated all 3 accounts - 2 of which were trust/escrow accounts as his personal slush fund.

By the time the partner was successful in getting a reciever appointed through the courts, and the locks changed to the business, upon arrival for a first inspection - there was nothing of any value left behind - Keating cleaned it out - anything of value was gone, right down to the coffe maker, bar fridge and microwave out of the kitchenette - nothing but dust left behind - sans some junk furniture. Also gone, were all sales and charter records, the server with all the accounting data/information along with all the other onsite computers - still nothing recovered. Bank records were finally recovered from the bank via supoena and they don't lie as to where a lot of company and trust funds disappeared to - I've seen them and there is no question.

All that junk he made up about myself or anyone else at any time or in previous rebuttles is just that - bullshit, simply more of his nonsense to make himself appear as a victem. He is convincing - but the truth as they say always prevails - court records and bank statements don't lie and boy do they tell the story - you can't make that stuff up. Obviously there is a lot more too this stunning tragety - sad part is, this is not the first time Keating has scammed people. Final kick in the nuts is Keating took off with the rental income - didn't pay July / August rents - so the partner will be forced to pick up those tabs because of the bond in place for rents is being exercised.

What Keating has done is purely criminal - what kind of animal does this to a friend? To say the least, it's been a severely toxic experience, I was only scalped for $6,200.00 in pay, his partner over $300,000.00 and counting - anyways he's on the loose - Beware - guarenteed he is setting up his next mark / victem -it's what he does.


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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Jerry Koch and Koch Management case thrown out by small claims judge

AUTHOR: Sean - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, January 11, 2020

 Jerry Koch filed a small claim against Bellhaven as seen above. The judge heard the claim and dismissed his claim. He defrauded Belhaven of $8000. He went so far as to say employees weren’t paid on time and all were contacted and had agreed there was no payment grevience.

He is trying to harm a business he deposited a fraud check against, forged signatures to defraud the company of $8000 and all was agreed upon by a Bellingham Judge yesterday. I would not do business with this person under any circumstances

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#2 Author of original report

Pretty much everything out of Sean Keating's mouth is a fabrication or an outright lie

AUTHOR: Jerry - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, January 04, 2020

Sean you outdid yourself with your rebuttal, in your normal bellicose fashion of stretching the truth, twisting facts, outright lies, and projections. I am not going to be drawn into playing your games.

What Is the Projection Defense Mechanism?

Think of how a movie theater works. There's a screen in front of you on which you can see a film. However, the film is not coming from the screen itself but rather from a projector, which casts images on the screen. This is the gist of projection as a defense mechanism as well: as a defense mechanism, projection is when someone casts their flaws and feelings onto someone else.

After what I have had to endure from him, I have made it a personal mission to somehow try to protect anyone else from getting ripped off and hurt finacially and emotionally.

I can back up what I have said to be true with hard evidence, proof, and witness's, I'm not out to hurt anyone. Just trying to interphere before he traps another victem. 

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Jerry Koch, you can't write fraudulent checks, steal vehicles and personal belongings, scream in an office of employment and have fraud escrow docs signed and stay employed

AUTHOR: Sean - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Jerry was terminated for writing and depositing a fraudulant business check in November of 2019. Since then, he has tormented the staff and the business. Most recently, he tricked Van Ness title into sending Bellhaven Yacht Sales commission directly to him.

While compiling the criminal complaint, he stole a vehicle titled to Bellhaven, Inc along with over $2000 of personal belongings in it and had it locked away in a garage which required the police to release back to me.

He smokes about 5 packs of cigarettes a day and sends daily, midnight, threatening, swearing texts to my girlfriend since I have blocked him. Jerry Koch did complete two deals in 3 months of working from the best desk in the office (I personally provided him with the lead for the seller on one and the buyer for the other) with dozens of free leads provided to him.

He was paid in full for the first deal even after the check fraud. The first ended in check fraud greater than $5000.00, wherein he was terminated (but refused to leave the office and refused to turn over his key, so the port captain had to re-key the office to remove him) and second deal, he would have been paid in full again, but instead he falsified escrow documents through VanNess Title for $8000.00 and that is undergoing a wire fraud investigation to date as a criminal complaint. He spends his days lying to clients and friends of the business rather than looking for a new job. All of the above is true and correct. 

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