Since the beginning of our foray into Safeguard Properties I felt uncomfortable. Years of both military training and business acumen began setting off alarm bells all over the place when they reached out to us for recruitment. The recruitment process, though, should have been a testament to the mismanagement, incompetence and complete break down in any meaningful communications experienced in the modern world.
The recruiter called me on a Friday and stated she was going to send over a bunch of documents for us to review and she would follow up. Odd as only a month prior Safeguard’s position, explained in a very rude and brisk tone, was that, “We already have filled all of the Tennessee Regions. We have no need for your services.” Yeah, the fix was in folks. So, we waited a week and a half for replies to our emails and Steve Buzash entered the picture. Remember, this is the same guy over on LinkedIn talking about how he just wants to fix things so everyone can gather around the campfire and sing Kumbaya. I hyperlinked both his name and a link to the thread so that folks can make their own judgement and hopefully burn up the Internet with their good or bad opinions.
Well, two weeks go by and finally after threatening to blow the lid on things, we get the half baked story that the Recruiter had someone die and left Safeguard. Hmnn, ok. No one handling the desk; you’re knee deep in recruiting one of the toughest Contractors around and you figure screw it? Yeah, ok. So, they transfer us over to Mary Printz. By-in-large, I didn’t have a lot of bad to say other than the fact that she tried to take TWENTY FIVE PERCENT (25%) off the top of any pricing as opposed to the twenty percent. In fact, this happened twice. Additionally, the questions we posited with respect to the Scope of the Contract could never be answered. She stated on two occasions that Steve would follow up; however he never did.
One of these questions dealt with the fact that Safeguard Properties is ordering Contractors to commit federal crimes by the transportation of wood products in an out of quarantined areas. Steve has full knowledge of this. I made it a point to discuss this with him as we were dealing with the USDA APHIS Agent and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Regulatory Commission’s Director for our Region.
Our good friends at Safeguard Properties finally got around to sending out a listing of locks we needed to maintain. Only problem was that two weeks later they sent out a new one and I believe what they said amongst themselves was, “Oh, gee sorry. Our bad. What’s a thousand dollars amongst friends, ‘eh?!” No big deal, we pressed on. The orders began and lo and behold we were working with brokers whom we have been with, off and on, for twenty years. See, what Safeguard Properties failed to realize is that the Yankee mentality they have; that “We can screw anyone we want and they will bow down,” didn’t fly down here. Safeguard Properties cherry picked the properties which had the highest concentration of mold they could find. One property which we created our own file on for the family whom buys it so they can sue, had mold growing out of the floor! You know what the statement was from Corporate? “Just broom it off.” So, with disregard to both our safety and that of the potential homebuyer Safeguard Properties violated a half dozen state and federal laws.
Early on Safeguard Properties made it their mission to hit us with charge backs. They seem to have a fetish for $50. My only guess is that Kline and the boys (and maybe girls) must have the line on a street product which retails for that amount. Accounting couldn’t seem to proffer a sheet to justify the amounts and never bothered responding to our requests for such. Remember, we are in training and this is the FIRST WEEK!
It went downhill from there. Safeguard sent a Detroit boy down named Wayne Pascoe to inspect the properties we had completed to date. On one property he wrote a report and utilized Safeguard’s server and email to process lies. He stated that the oven was dirty on a property. When we confronted him with evidence to the contrary he then stated it was the refrigerator. Confronted with pictures showing that was clean he stopped replying.
We contacted Timothy Rath, Director of Safeguard Property’s P&P Division. We had no one else as we were being stonewalled on a definitive point-of-contact. He replied and stated he would forward our concerns to a yet unnamed Vendor Manager as we were new Contractors. At this point we realized this was a calculated attempt by Safeguard Properties to launch a scorched earth policy against Foreclosurepedia.
We drafted a letter to Angela Grizzanti, the lady appointed to field new Contractor issues. To this day we have never heard back from her. She, as the rest of this nefarious lot, is a testament to the depths in the gutter these people will go to ensure catastrophic failure.
The final nail in the coffin was that even after we stated we were done; even after Steve said, “Finish the QCs and contact me if you have issues with pay,” Safeguard Properties just couldn’t let go. Cevar Thompson wrote us and stated that the bids we had filed on a property were going to be changed and submitted to their Client. You know, I was dumbfounded. Here I had backed off and tried to be professional with these punks and now they are telling me they are going to submit fraudulent bids in Foreclosurepedia’s name? Had this foreigner lost his or her mind?! I want to be very precise in my language so that Kline, Buzash, et al., understand what is coming down the pike:
- Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
Safeguard Properties committed wire fraud. By changing our bid and submitting it to FannieMae in our name they committed a crime. For years, wire fraud has been committed when these Prime Vendors submit bids in the name of Contractors and then lie to both the Contractors and their Clients. We are going to ensure that it ends. We are prepared to Lien these properties and probably will Tuesday just on general principles. Make no mistake that the Contract waiving Lien isn’t worth the paper it is written upon with respect to laborers.