How to catch a thief?
May 7, 2014 6:33 AM Subscribe
Company A owes a lot of money to several freelancers, the IRS and such, so it's undergoing bankruptcy. Somehow the owner managed to create a second business, Company B, with the exact same name as Company A, the same clients, and the same people working there (but with a different address and fiscal number). So, it's like Company B is the same business as Company A, only they don't have any debts...
posted by lost_lettuce to Work & Money (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is a business with the following M.O.: they recruit freelancers in our industry to do all sorts of jobs for their clients. The clients pay the company and then they screw the freelancers... either by paying them way too late (years late, even) or not at all. All of this while lying to everyone involved (claiming the clients haven't paid yet and so on) and threatening those who denounce the matter (on social networks and such) with defamation suits and all sorts of stuff to discourage unhappy freelancers from protesting too much...
I was one of these screwed freelancers and I sued them a few years ago. Justice in my country is notoriously slow and inept, but eventually we settled for a payment plan, which Company A promptly screwed up. Many, many incidents later, including bouncing checks (fees paid by yours truly!), I only managed to recover about half what they owe me... I would love to get the other half as well -- we are talking about a minimum of 12K (late fees excluded) and that means one year worth of living expenses for me.
What happened in the past couple of years was that they started their bankruptcy process, and everything halted... And then we learned that somehow the owner managed to create Company B, doing exactly the same business as before and leaving the creditors hanging.
I had sort of given up on getting paid, and I was more or less "fine" with it, as long as the company (and its owner) went out of business and stayed far, far away from this industry. This, clearly, hasn't happened.
YANML, I know. I have got one, but the court route isn't working out. Any suggestions on how to deal with this situation? We are not dealing with "normal" people here, hence the difficulty.
Thanks in advance!