October 14, 2010
There are many beekeepers across the U.S.A. who have placed orders and sent their money to David Winters of Long Creek Apiaries, to have their money stolen and no honey bees delivered to them, from $100 to $1,000. David Winters gives FALSE excuses and stops answering his phone and emails. There are many of us who are trying to get the attention of the Tennessee Attorney General's Office for investigation and prosecution of David Winters fraudulent business practices. Here is what you can do to help:
MOST IMPORTANT, place a phone call to E. Ross White, Asst. Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, phone number #615-741-4737. He is a great guy and will listen to you. Mr. White is asking for phone calls from anyone David Winters has stolen money from, or has not delivered bees to.
FILE ONLINE COMPLAINTS WITH THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES:
*Office of the Attorney General Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs
*U. S. Postal Inspection Service Mail Fraud Division
*Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection
*Internet Crime Complaint Center (this is an FBI partnered organization).
*Better Business Bureau of Tennessee
SEND AN EMAIL TO THE FOLLOWING:
*Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist
*Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association
*American Bee Journal
*Bee Culture Magazine
These journals will not run David Winters ads until he has paid refunds in full.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO:
*File a Full Faith And Credit Judgment in your state against David Winters. This requires hiring an attorney, however the judgment is enforceable in the state of Tennessee.
*Place a phone call to Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes, to report a theft of your money; phone # (423) 623-6004.
*Place a phone call or write a letter to David Winters' private attorney Clyde Dunn, phone # (423) 623-5756.
*Place a phone call or write a letter to Brenda Winters' attorney Aisha Rahman, Southeast Tennessee Legal Aid, phone # (865) 637-0484. These attorneys are good folks who need to be aware of what David Winters has stolen from you.
*Send David Winters emails on a frequent basis about what he owes you, he may not answer you, but he does read his emails. David Winters email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
*In addition, I send David Winters a bill (invoice) for the money he owes me and stole from me, with the interest I am paying to the bank for the money I loaned and paid to him and he cashed. I also send a copy of the invoice to the attorneys.
*Contact your local bee association or bee supplier, or any favorite websites you visit and encourage them not to link to David Winters websites or promote him as a bee supplier.
Whether you were swindled out of $100 or a $1000 dollars doesn't matter. Do something to help yourself and other beekeepers who may order from David Winters in the future.
Please send me an email, or leave me a comment to let me know if any of this information was helpful to you, or if you have any questions. My email: riverbee: