Auction company accused of fraud

Authorities suspect an auction company that sold surplus government vehicles had a history of ripping off customers, which included many cities in the San Gabriel Valley. Full Story
Former Employee

United States

#2 May 26, 2009
I am disgusted by what I read in this article. I worked for Nationwide for several years and the management totally cheated us out of our stock options. I'm sure Haidl and his shady friends cashed out at the expense of his employees, some who worked for him for years.

Nationwide has received complaints for years...I don't understand why it took this long for DMV to finally act!
Disgusted Too

Los Angeles, CA

#3 May 27, 2009
Former Employee wrote:
I am disgusted by what I read in this article. I worked for Nationwide for several years and the management totally cheated us out of our stock options.
I used to buy several items per year from Nationwide. I noticed, however, that their methods of handling buyers became increasingly sleazy over time. Haidl seemed pretty corrupt ... but so did the people who took over after he sold. There were also many decent people who worked there, and it's a shame that they (you) got burned with the rest of us.
Angry buyer

La Puente, CA

#4 May 27, 2009
In 2007 I purchased a vehicle from Nationwide, they were giving me nothing but trouble after the financial paperwork was signed and i gave them my thousand dollar down payment. I had payed the necessary fees to have them register the vehicle for me at the DMV, this was in August 2007. The DMV stipulates that they were required to change the registration to me within 60 days of purchase. It wasnt until December that I finally got the necessary forms from Nationwide to register the vehicle myself. Nationwide did not refund the fees and the cost of registration that i had payed them. Then in the middle of 2008 i get a call from Nationwide saying that i had never payed the downpayment of one thousand dollars, which i had payed in cash, luckily i had a reciept of paying it, otherwise i would have had to pay them an extra thousand. In my opinion they got what was coming to them. I was one of the 180 people that had complained to the DMV. where are the ethics in our society?
AngryWhittierRes ident

Whittier, CA

#5 May 27, 2009
Haidl was still involved after he sold it....throw him in the slammer with his rapist son.
Another Angry Buyer

Corona, CA

#6 May 27, 2009
Haidl and his son are both felons and their running another car auction in Fontana. Is DMV aware of that?
Buyers Beware

Santa Monica, CA

#7 May 28, 2009
I am glad to learn that Nationwide is out of business. This place was run by corrupt management starting from the top. They had absolutely no business ethics. I am thankful that I left when I did - this place took away all my morals I believe in. David Nelson and the others involved are immoral and cunning, they are filled with greed. Nationwide would have never existed had it not been for the consignors – misleading them stripped away the prosperity that this company once had. I hope that David Nelson and the others involved are stripped away from all that they gained by their greediness & deceitfulness which was not only played to the consignor but also to their employees. But, if that's how these people do business; I guess you reap what you sow. What I can’t understand, is the length of time they were allowed to operate in this manner. I hope that DMV stays attentive to any new auction companies that are/may take place with the same people running these events - just using another name. Buyers beware
Ahhh shucks--

Simi Valley, CA

#8 Jun 1, 2009
What about Haidl's partner Corey Schlossmann and the boxes of cash that he and Joe Kowal stole. These guys are attached at the hip--where you find one you will find the other.
Birds of a feather...
XOMan

Akron, OH

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Nelson is not a crook, he was used by the company. Many of former employees have been hurt by this company. Look into Entrade this is their way of doing business.The Nationwide top brass in now running a finance business. How long will it take for them to milk it dry.
XOMan

Akron, OH

#10 Jun 9, 2009
Former Employee wrote:
I am disgusted by what I read in this article. I worked for Nationwide for several years and the management totally cheated us out of our stock options. I'm sure Haidl and his shady friends cashed out at the expense of his employees, some who worked for him for years.
Nationwide has received complaints for years...I don't understand why it took this long for DMV to finally act!
Who are you? Lets talk. RG
YA RIGHT

Santa Monica, CA

#11 Jun 9, 2009
XOMan wrote:
Nelson is not a crook, he was used by the company. Many of former employees have been hurt by this company. Look into Entrade this is their way of doing business.The Nationwide top brass in now running a finance business. How long will it take for them to milk it dry.
Nelson was used by the company, how much is he paying you to say this. He is one of the worse. He is a grow man he could have gotten out of the company, but he was to busy getting his part. So get a clue....
YA RIGHT

Santa Monica, CA

#12 Jun 9, 2009
XOMan wrote:
<quoted text> Who are you? Lets talk. RG
RG if you are who I thnk you are - your right beside David Nelson as far as a thief is concern. If I were you I would stay incognito or you may be right with David Nelson and the others.
Duped and Had

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Jun 30, 2009
I am not completely up to speed. Where is Greg O'Neil and Ken Kaden in all this? Are they completely bankrupt? I am holding a legal settlement for against them for a lot of money. Do I not stand a chance of collecting?
Ahhh shucks--

Simi Valley, CA

#14 Jul 2, 2009
Duped and Had wrote:
I am not completely up to speed. Where is Greg O'Neil and Ken Kaden in all this? Are they completely bankrupt? I am holding a legal settlement for against them for a lot of money. Do I not stand a chance of collecting?
You will collect nothing but grief. Maybe a class action law suit?????
What you dont know

Upland, CA

#15 Oct 31, 2011
Nelson clipped city accounts; ie sold for 2,000.00 reported to the city for 700.00 less commission. Not a bad income. Customers were always wrong. cash was rarely reported. Oh, there's much more .... much more.
almost gone

Rocklin, CA

#16 Feb 27, 2012
I worked there for five or six years and I started at a young age. They did not train me right for the job I was doing and therefore I did a lot of unethical things without realizing it. Dave always seemed to me to be a good guy but then again I now realize how little I knew about everything going on there. What I do know is that if you have money you get away with anything, unfortunately I don't.

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