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#2 Dec 29, 2008
Re: JAMES HELMES/TRANSPORTBR/USHIPTHEFT
Postby EAG on Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:26 pm
Interesting Brooks. However, why would anyone go through the trouble of doing a sworn affidavit, but not press charges? I hope anyone swinddled by this guy would do the right thing and take the appropriate legal action against him civially and criminally. Truthfully, it would only be a public service because he may not have the money or assets for a multiple party lawsuit such as this one would be and lawyers with no assets to acquire get paid by the clients not on contingency. The first thing the lawyers do, after the identity of the person you're suing comes to light, is get a background report on the person you are about to sue. It surprisingly shows-ALOT of information (ss#, address, all phones). It has spouses, dead, divorced or living (with their ss#). Homes bought and sold and currently lived in. It shows known associates and neighbors. Then the financial analysis comes in with all the $ and assets in banks and includes retirement or lack much thereof. From there they tell you the amount a judge would most likely award in damages and the way to acquire it if the cash is low-liens, liens, liens on everything. At that point, some of us have compassion and bless and release. I really do not doubt that this man, Mr. Helmes, is taking deposits and not doing the work; it is evident from his Uship profile. It is alleged he is stealing the property. However, what can we on this forum do? What should we do, ethically, we're not police, we're not licensed private investigators, we're not bounty hunters--although no doubt that would be kinda fun. It's hard for people like us with no firsthand knowledge of a situation nor the defense of being personally victimized by him to do anything ethical or legal which probably has not already been done. He's had multiple post about him all over the internet, his profile on Uship is riddled with negatives and his account's suspended, his latest vic on Uship has reported him to the BBB, transUnion credit, the police, the FBI and a laundry list more. I am not sure there is much more for us here to do. He is not an illegal transporter taking bids or not yet discovered. Seems like there are alot of legit complaints and charges with legal authorities; the most we can do is have compassion for his victims, and try and educate consumers so this does not happen to anyone else. However, alot of the people running on Uship illegal, which we've mentioned on this board, at least seem to be doing it with good intentions and are not stealing property-I must admit that. Stopping them is as much about competition as ethics and consumer education. At least Mr. Helmes is out of the transportation business--at least until he gets a new userID. Remember, cheaper is not always better!
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#3 Dec 29, 2008
Re: JAMES HELMES/TRANSPORTBR/USHIPTHEFT
Postby SEMO on Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:07 pm
We followed his activities a few months back and determined he was scamming shippers in various ways. Have you had a recent encounter with him? I checked his uShip account and it is suspended again although it does show activity within the past month. If you have additional information and recent dealings with him, I'd invite you to share the details on the forum. If you'd rather, you can email me or send me a private message via this website. We're very interested in any recent activity by this person. The more information you can provide the more likely we will be able to help his victims and law enforcement.
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