A Greenville company that closed its doors has left clients and employees out of a lot of cash.
The Better Business Bureau says DB Consulting Group made promises it couldn’t keep and that it wasn’t forthright about how deeply it had fallen into money troubles.
7News reporter Diane Lee spoke with the owner and the people who lost thousands.
The 8 clients who contacted the Better Business Bureau so far about DB Consulting Group are out more than 50,000.
“When my emails weren’t answered approximately 30 days ago I tried to contact them and the phones were disconnected,” said David Murray, CEO of Surgical Direct.
Murray says his company paid more than $5,000 to DB Consulting to get their help with securing a federal grant with a money back guarantee.
He later found out the application wasn’t even filled out properly.
The Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation is also investigating 7 recent wage complaints against DB Consulting, all because the company closed without paying employees.
Vee Daniel at the BBB had talked to the owner only days before.
“I did ask him if they were closing their doors because when you’re not paying your employees that’s sometimes what happens, so I reached back out to him to find out that they had closed their doors, so he had basically lied to me,” said Daniel.
The company closed 2 weeks ago, but the BBB says the complaints stem as far back as 2014, all of a similar nature, where clients said they paid for services they didn’t get.
Labor and Licensing also said 5 other wage complaints went back two years as well. And the company has faced a number of lawsuits in the last few years as well.
Danny Arrington declined a recorded interview but he told 7News how the company was behind on taxes and the IRS levied its checking accounts.
In a statement, Arrington said:
Our business failed. That is incredibly sad and regretful for all involved. But we were at a point where ceasing operations was our only choice and as such we plan to let the legal process run its course.
The process is bankruptcy which means it will be a long time – if at all – that clients and employees see their money back.