Video: Texas Attorney General sues SA man for allegedly running web business that ripped off hun…


EAST SIDE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 2008.>>Tim: THIS SAN ANTONIO MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING A WEB-BASED COMPANY THAT ALLEGEDLY RIPPED OFF HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. HE WAS HIT WITH A LAWSUIT BY THE TEXAS STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT ALLEGES THAT COMPANY FAILED TO DELIVER ORDERS AND WHEN IT DID DELIVER, THE PRODUCTS WERE FAKES. THE DEFENDERS BEGAN LOOKING INTO THE COMPANY THIS YEAR AND ATTEMPTED TO TRACK DOWN THE ELUSIVE OWNER. IT TONIGHT’S DEFENDER’S INVESTIGATION. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN MAY WHEN WE TRIED TO GET AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT MARKHAM JR>>HOLD ON!>>Tim: A RED LAMBORGHINI SPED AWAY FROM HIS PROPERTY.>>THEY ARE RIPPING PEOPLE OFF AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT.>>Tim: WE BEGAN TO TRACK HIM LAST JANUARY WHEN A CUSTOMER OF ONE OF HIS WEBSITES, CAMPING AND FISHING OUTLET AND OUTDOORS ONLINE COMPLAINED SHE NEVER GOT THE PINK YETI RAMBLER AND ACCESSORIES SHE ORDERED.>>I HAVE GOTTEN NOTHING. I E-MAILED THEM NUMEROUS TIMES, CALLED, SAT ON HOLD.>>Tim: SHE REALIZED SHE WASN’T ALONE.>>VIOLATED. YES, MONEY — YES, THE MONEY WAS STOLEN BUT AT THIS POINT IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY, IT’S MORE THE PRINCIPLE OF WHAT THEY’RE GETTING AWAY WITH.>>Tim: THE DEFENDERS ORDERED NEARLY $88 FROM THE SITE, INCLUDING THE POPULAR YETI RAMBLER. WE HAVE PLACED OUR ORDER. IT’S JANUARY 26. WE’LL SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES THEM TO DELIVER OUR GOODS. WEEKS LATER WE DID GET OUR BLUE YETI RAMBLER BUT NONE OF THE OTHER ITEMS WERE DELIVERED AND THE YETI WAS A FAKE. YOU CAN SEE THE LID HAS A BLUE TINT ON THE FAKE RAMBLER WHILE THE REAL ONE IS CLEAR. IT’S ALSO SLIGHTLY TALLER THAN A REAL YETI. OUR EXPERIENCE MIRRORED HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS FILED WITH THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE. IN LATE NOVEMBER THEY HIT MARKHAM WITH A LAWSUIT ALLEGING DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES THAT SAYS THE GLOBAL PROTECTION BRAND MANAGER PURCHASED THE PRODUCT AND DETERMINED IT WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY YETI. WE VISITED THE SAN ANTONIO ADDRESSES LISTED ON THE WEBSITE AND E-MAIL. JUST AN EMPTY LOT OFF 281. BUT THAT CUSTOMER WHO CONTACTED WAS WAS ABLE TO LEAD US RIGHT TO MARKHAM’S HOME. I WAS ABLE TO LOOK AT MY BANK STATEMENT AND SAW THE CREDIT CARD MACHINE WAS REGISTERED TO A LOCAL ADDRESS HERE IN SAN ANTONIO.>>Tim: WHEN WE VISITED THE HOME, WE FOUND MARKHAM’S LAMBORGHINI DRIVING IN BUT NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS. HIS WITNESSES HAVE BEEN DEACTIVATED AND THEY HAVE BEEN SO FOR MONTHS. AS FOR THE CUSTOMERS, MANY WERE ABLE TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK WHEN THEY CONTACTED THEIR BANKS TO HAVE THE CHARGES REVERSED. IN ADDITION TO THE LAWSUIT FILED BY THE STATE, I HAVE ALSO FOUND HE IS NAMED IN ANOTHER LAWSUIT, THIS ONE FILED BY AN AMERICAN AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK. THEY SAY MARKHAM OWES THEM

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