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report of welfare fraud
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SUPPLY, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a honest consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

I am writing to you about a welfare fraud. I am a neighbor of the person collecting the welfare through the TANF program and also receiving medicaid. I am also a friend of his ex-wife. I felt obligated to report this when I found out about it. I would like to keep this anonymous for the safety of the children and his ex-wife but can be reached for any additional information at:darkhair37@hotmail.com . The person collecting the welfare is Mr. William A. Immen, 204 Chestnut Dr. SW, Supply, NC 28462. He has collected approximately $5000.00 to date. While collecting TANF he was or still is working for cash at one company and with one individual and running two different newspaper routes each night for the Wilmington Star News in his ex-girlfriends name. Her name is Barbara Caison. His pay for the paper routes are direct deposited in an account in her name that he has access to. One of the paper routes includes Lockwood Folly Golf community in Supply and the other route includes the area of Morgan Road in Supply. Since the spring time he was working at a place called NC Provisions at Holden Beach, NC for cash. His 14 year old son also worked there for cash all summer. The man he worked for's name is Chris. Two other employees there are a man named Norm, who rented an apartment upstairs at the business and also a man named LJ who lives in Varnamtown. The phone number there is (910)842-8606. I know this is true because his ex-wife has gone there to pick up their son, Brandon and has also seen William working there at the same time. His 14 year old daughter, Kristen was working at Captain Pete's Seafood restaurant as a dishwasher for cash. Her mother confirmed this to me as she had to pick up and deliver Kristen to work there because her father was too busy. She had also received calls from the owner of the restaurant to see if Kristen could come in to work. His name is Mike. She had also received calls from another employee's mother calling to see if Kristen could work for her daughter, whose name is Morgan Gillette. The phone number at the restaurant is (910)846-9988. Mr. Immen also has half interest in a house with his sister Nancy Greene of New Jersey that belonged to his deceased parents at 2849 Arthur Street, Varnamtown, NC. He is renting it out and collecting monies each month on that from his ex-girlfriend's daughter Amanda Caison and her boyfriend and their baby. He owns four cars as well. The two that are running are a red Ford pick-up truck that he did have registered in his ex-girlfriend's name and a 1992 Buick that he made their oldest daughter give him the title to. It may still be registered in her name. Her name is Melissa Immen. Regarding the Medicaid fraud, His ex-wife had gone to take their daughter, Kristen to the dentist since the father once again did not have time to do and they refused to see her with her Medicaid because they said Mr. Immen had private insurance and that medicaid would not pay. The dentist that could confirm this would be Laris Wayne Milligan, DMD PA, 2250 Shipyard Blvd in Wilmington, NC. Phone number there is (910)799-5000.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

I would like someone to check into this, as Mr. Immen has friends at the local DSS office and I don't believe that reporting this to them would do any good. If any other information is needed, please contact me at darkhair37@hotmail.com and I could probably get any additional information from his ex-wife. Thank for for keeping this anonymous. If there is a different agency that this needs to be reported to, please e-mail me and let me know. Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more details regarding this incident.
     
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Anonymous on 2002-01-02:
This isn't something that should have been written here. I would have contacted the AG office privately on something like this, especially from a non involved third party report.
Anonymous on 2004-08-31:
Pretel.......What does this have to do with consumers....This was a very spiteful, if I were you, I would be sure of my facts......If not, this IS libel........Sounds like someone has an ax to grind. Contact your local FIA office, if you have integrity, and believe what you are saying, you will give them your real name authenticity.
gerri lewis on 2012-02-11:
That you for this report. No matter what others say, you did the right thing. We all have an ethical responsibility to report this costly type of fraud. It is the ones who knows what is happening and fail to report it that has caused this country to be in the financial problems it is in today.
gerri lewis on 2012-02-11:
And by the way, make sure you report this to the local social service office that these people are receiving welfare directly from. Again, thanks so much for your deligence in this matter. GOD BLESS YOU!!
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North Carolina Doctors and Lawyers defrauding insurance companies and the state couldn't care less
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- After being injured in N.C. I hired a attorney to represent me and to look out for my rights. This Lawyer had me go to a Neurologist for an independent medical evaluation. The Doctor wanted $750.00 Cash or certified check.My wife and I paid the doctor and we sat down in a exam room where he asked me a couple of questions. He then stated that he and the lawyer have been working together for years and he would write up a report to get me much more money. He performed no test not even checking my vital statistics or even touching me. But yet he states in his medical examination that he performed numerous testing and even checked my vital statistics. Shortly after leaving the doctors office I was called by the Lawyer to see how it went and when I told her he did nothing but ask a couple of questions and stated that he would write up the report to get me all the money he could like the lawyer wanted. The Lawyer told me and I quote "That is why I have been using him all these years is because he and I have a agreement that he will provide statements that make my clients case worth more.

After reporting this to the N.C.State Bar and the N.C. Medical board along with the N.C.S.B.I and the Governors office Nothing has been done and it is all swept under the carpet.It does not matter that they are defrauding the insurance companies or causing financial damage and mental stress to the injured party and their families.North Carolina just sits back and does nothing about this but let it continue.

The least the State could do is investigate these type of complaints, charge the lawyers and doctors with fraud and take their license along with compensate the person and their family that has been harmed by their actions as they can cause life long problems for the victims.
     
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Anonymous on 2007-07-18:
I here what your saying. A while back there was a guy in Raleigh that was going to blow the whistle on the politicians and he even got started. It was in the news and papers the guy was found in his study, hands tied behind his back, a plastic bag over his head duck taped around his throat and a gun on the desk. His wife was up stairs sleeping when all this happened.

They ruled it a suicide
runaway on 2007-07-18:
My mom worked in the fraud department of a major insurance company; you can't imagine the stories like this and worse. The best thing to do is contact the insurance company that would be footing the bill- they LOVE to get this kind of information, and have the political pull to get something done about it or even file suit themselves.
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Fraud--JD MARVEL PRODUCTS INC
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THOMASVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

On June 11th I ordered 4 bras from JD Marvel Products Inc. Check #4393 for $31.75 RBC Centura Bank. On the back of the check it is stamped paid on the 19th. These bras were advertised in the High Point Enterprise coupon fillers circulars. I have never received them. I wrote them emails, and at first they told me they were back ordered, It would be mid August when I got them. They ran another ad on August 17th for the same bras. I called them about a week later and was told it would be mid Sept. I said no, send my money back. I got an email on Sept. 8th saying they would return my money as requested. I asked them when and on the 23rd they said 4-6 weeks. If figured from the 8th you see that time is up and still no money. If you look up JD MARVEL on the computer you will see that they are ripping a lot of people off. I have started keeping emails for references so I have a lot of proof.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

I want my money back. I want them stopped from advertising in the US and I want them prosecuted for false advertisement. I do not want them to be able to fraud any more Americans or Canadians or any body else for that matter. They should be put out of business all together.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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Anonymous on 2003-10-23:
I filed a complaint about JD Marvel with the Canadian Better Business Bureau. I've gotten two letters from them. I even got an email from JD Marvel promising they'd ship my order from June 2003 (it's now 10/2003). WELL....Today, I got a catalog from JD Marvel...WHAT NERVE !!! Trying to Steal More Money ??? Got me once, won't happen again.
Here's the email I got on 9/26/03 "I do not have an exact ship date just yet, but it should leave here in the next couple of weeks. We apologize for the delay. Thank you, Jennifer, Customer Service" Her email is Info@JDMarvelProducts.com for those interested.
Email me for the Canadian BBB workitoutnj@yahoo.com
Anonymous on 2003-11-16:
I ordered 3 pairs of shoes from them and also never received them..this was back in July. The money I have spent calling them and getting one excuse after another has been at least double what the shoes cost. I'm mad but don't know what to do about these idiots!




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Stolen Jewelry & Warranty
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a honest consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

It isn’t often that I become upset enough with a company’s management to write a letter to the corporate office. However, a recent incident occurred at Kay's Jeweler's in Charlotte, NC at Carolina Place Mall that left me both angry and frustrated – and more that a little disappointed.
I am far from knowledgeable about the type of warranties that may be purchased from a jewelry company. Because of this,
I relied upon a clerk, to provide me with accurate information when I needed purchesed this warranty. The clerk persuaded me to purchase one in which he said covered the cost of replacement or repair of necklace I purchased.
A few weeks after I purchased the necklace my fiancé felt the necklace chain break and she returned it for repair. During the time the chain was being repaired he purse was stolen and the charm was in the purse. I contacted the store manager to get a replacement charm and she told me the warranty did not cover lose of the necklace only repair. I told her that her employee’s Johnny & Brooke told me of the great warranty. She said she would have the regional manager call me. It has now been over two months and no one has contacted me. I have also sent a letter to the home office but no one has responded.I am thoroughly dissatisfied with this company’s response to my concerns.Thank you for your prompt and personal response.


As a resolution, I would like the following:

I would like to return the chain and get a full refund of the purchase or have the entire necklace replaced.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more details regarding this incident.
     
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xkitty13x on 2008-09-11:
Why is it their fault that her stuff got stolen? Didn't you read the paper work? I have many things from Kay's and I read mine...It doesn't say that it will replace your stuff if it's stolen. It says that if it's broken, they will replace it. If they replaced every piece of jewelery that was lost or stolen, they'd either be out of business or their prices would be so high no one could shop there. Use your brain a little here.
Anonymous on 2009-12-11:
I know this is an old complaint, but no warranty I have ever heard of covers a stolen item, only damage and manufacturer defects.
PepperElf on 2009-12-11:
Now I've seen warranties cover fenced items (stolen from the company and then sold on the market) but I've never seen a warranty cover total replacement if someone steals it from you.


in fact if a policy like that existed it could be used to get free items to reset etc.
Chelsea on 2011-07-16:
I was also told that they would replace my jewelry if stolen and now that it was...they won't do anything about it. Figures.
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Unfair billing practice by Direct TV
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YOUNGSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

Direct TV has charged me $275 for early termination of service. The service was terminated because Direct TV could no longer supply a High Definition TV signal to my house. They repeatedly refuse to acknowledge this and will only restate their policy regarding early termination even though their own service department has verified a problem with the signal. I believe it is an unfair business practice to charge a cancellation fee when service cannot be rendered.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

Direct TV has sent me to an outside collection agency even before responding to my complaint. I want them to credit the entire $275 and clear up any negative credit bureau information.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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rhondam718732 on 2007-05-15:
I think you're completely in the right, but know this. The "mark" on your credit is going to be far worse than paying the $275. And I almost never hear of companies taking the time and effort (especially in this situation) to go back and correct a reporting they have made.
Pomona Guy on 2007-05-15:
Unless you pay thousands of $$$ in lawyer bills, you lose. Your credit is too important to screw up over $275.
tnchuck100 on 2007-05-15:
If you have good documentation that proves they cannot provide service then pay it. Then take them to small claims court to recover the $275 plus court costs. They breached the contract.

After you win that then file a dispute with the credit bureaus. This may help:
FCRA (FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT)
http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/031224fcra.pdf
dfields on 2007-05-15:
you should report the dispute B4 DirectTV puts a negative balance on your credit. inform the Bureau's via a written statement or email. since this in dispute, the Bureau's may not allow DirectTV to post this negative balance. its worth a try at least! take them to small claims court b4 paying the termination fee. check out this site also....www.dbstalk.com...this is a site strickly for satellite companies. many DirectTV's customers have complained about there HD services. In Maine, a guy was paying for the service and found out the company did not provide HD signal in the state! do your research thoroughly and go after them. good luck!
Ladderman on 2007-08-12:
Can't stand Defect TV.
cantbelieve29 on 2007-10-12:
THis is interesting. I have had an issue with direct tv as well. A month before I cancelled I told them of a need for me to move to another location which would not allow direct tv due to its inability to be placed inside my condo. I was told by the operator to contest any charges by sending a letter to:

Attn: Billing Dispute
P O Box 6550
Greenwood Village, CO, 80155-6550

She stated it should not be a problem, for your situation is understandable.

I was told they would place the cancellation charge of 162.00 on my billing at which I had the opportunity to contest. However, shortly after I called to cease the connection to services, they AUTOMATICALLY charged my credit card without my authorization. They also charged me the fees for the service without giving the next billing statement.

I called the support staff at that time, with some attempts to explain with a negative dimeanor from one of the "managers". In my conversation with her, I was told there is no guarantee they would actually read the letter and refund the cancellation fee. However, in previous conversations it was not stated that they "may" review the mailed letter. So I asked the manager, what the purpose of sending the letter if they"may not" review the letter. Her response was we only give our customers the option to send a letter.

My course of action:

I will be building a website about this issue as well as contacting their investors in regards to this issue.
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Fraud--JD MARVEL PRODUCTS INC
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THOMASVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

On June 11th I ordered 4 bras from JD Marvel Products Inc. Check #4393 for $31.75 RBC Centura Bank. On the back of the check it is stamped paid on the 19th. These bras were advertised in the High Point Enterprise coupon fillers circulars. I have never received them. I wrote them emails, and at first they told me they were back ordered, It would be mid August when I got them. They ran another ad on August 17th for the same bras. I called them about a week later and was told it would be mid Sept. I said no, send my money back. I got an email on Sept. 8th saying they would return my money as requested. I asked them when and on the 23rd they said 4-6 weeks. If figured from the 8th you see that time is up and still no money. If you look up JD MARVEL on the computer you will see that they are ripping a lot of people off. I have started keeping emails for references so I have a lot of proof.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

I want my money back. I want them stopped from advertising in the US and I want them prosecuted for false advertisement. I do not want them to be able to fraud any more Americans or Canadians or any body else for that matter. They should be put out of business all together.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

Will someone please help me to understand why it is necessary that inmates can only call home through a correctional billing service? Is it a specific reason why and how this became the only method for a family member to accept collect calls? Why can't I purchase calling card numbers and my sons be permitted to use it instead of this expensive overcharging procedure? Collect calls from Evercom Telecommunications is three times the normal rate. Is this legal and how can it be?

As a resolution, I would like the following:

I would really love to be able to accept normal collect calls from my sons through my long distance provider. (AT&T) I have paid in over $7,000 since November 2003 and both of my sons are still incarcerated. Please help!

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Paul Pickle 6969 on 2004-04-14:
Your sons (plural) are in jail - they do not have rights! You should be grateful that they are allowed to call you at all!! And you as a parent need to take a close look at yourself and determine the root cause of their delinquincy, more than you need to complain about their ability to make phone calls!
maks1199 express on 2004-04-15:
I'm not in N.C. but I agree. I too would like to know who's getting rich off the people receiving calls from people in the court system. These kinds of calls are too high for most folks to accept from family,friends.....someone should explain this AND FIX it:)
dd2 on 2004-04-28:
to the poster... you say that you've spent over $7000 on phone bills. How much have we, the taxpayers of this country, paid to keep people like your sons in jail? Yes, we the taxpayers who work our 40 hour a week jobs, raise our families to respect the law and others, scrape to save for college education for our kids all while paying to keep your kids housed and fed in jail. I think $7000 is a bargain lady. You should be stuck with a bigger bill than that.
J-Dog on 2004-04-28:
I agree on being able to send phone cards or being able to dial your person 800 number. The collect calls from jail are ridiculous. I have a cousin in jail and he likes to call me but I can only afford so much. Also, your bringing him up in the world has nothing to do with him being in jail and is not your fault. It may be in some cases, but the person above me ASSumed it was.
queenhornet on 2005-08-08:
I feel your pain.I to am charged the long distant charges and also "toll "charges.I t got so bad that I had to cut off my ability to accept collect charges.I undersatnd you can not do that,cause it's your child,but I could..it's my brother
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never received merchandise
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WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT -- Imailed them a check on 01-25-04 to purchase an item. They cashed the check 02-04-04. This is 03-04-04 and I still have not received the item.
     
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songwritersam on 2004-03-10:
It has been over 6 months since they took my money and I am still trying to get what I ordered from them. Good luck !
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Check cashed, no product
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WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.

Purchase from company J.D. Marvel Products, who advertises in Sunday coupon section, AARP magazine, and other publications, I'm sure. Check cashed for product never received, no response from company.

As a resolution, I would like the following:

Complete refund of money and them out of business. Obviously a scam.

Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.
     
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