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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 **. The person collecting the welfare is Mr. **, **. He has collected approximately $5,000.00 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-girlfriend's name. Her name is **. 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 Vommunity 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 **. Two other employees there are a man named **, who rented an apartment upstairs at the business and also a man named ** 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, ** and has also seen ** working there at the same time.

His 14-year-old daughter, ** 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 ** to work there because her father was too busy. She had also received calls from the owner of the restaurant to see if ** could come in to work. His name is **. She had also received calls from another employee's mother calling to see if ** could work for her daughter, whose name is **. The phone number at the restaurant is (910)846-9988.

Mr. ** also has half interest in a house with his sister ** of New Jersey that belonged to his deceased parents at **. He is renting it out and collecting monies each month on that from his ex-girlfriend's daughter ** 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 **.

Regarding the Medicaid fraud, his ex-wife had gone to take their daughter, ** 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. ** had private insurance and that Medicaid would not pay. The dentist that could confirm this would be **, **. Phone number there is **. As a resolution, I would like the following:

I would like someone to check into this, as Mr. ** 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 ** and I could probably get any additional information from his ex-wife. Thank for keeping this anonymous. If there is a different agency that this needs to be reported to, please email 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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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 doctor's 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 Governor's 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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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 # ** 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 anybody else for that matter. They should be put out of business altogether. Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.

     
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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 than 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 purchased 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 fiancee felt the necklace chain break and she returned it for repair. During the time the chain was being repaired, her 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 loss of the necklace, only repair. I told her that her employees ** & ** 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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Unfair Billing Practice by DirecTV
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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. DirecTV has charged me $275 for early termination of service. The service was terminated because DirecTV 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: DirecTV 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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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 # ** 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 anybody else for that matter. They should be put out of business altogether. 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! Please contact me if you need more details regarding this incident.

     
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Never Received Merchandise
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WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT -- Emailed 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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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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