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The FBI along with the IRS criminal investigation's division and the Department of Labor have all gone into the Sommet Group headquarters in Franklin with a search warrant. Full Story
ex employee

Brentwood, TN

#149 Jul 12, 2010
Marsha knew she was vice president of payroll
Exemployee x 300

Smyrna, TN

#150 Jul 12, 2010
What really sucks is I ( and most of my co workers) live pay check by paycheck. We have families that depend on us, and now we have nothing. No pay check no nothing.Now i'm and many others are going to be late on our bills! I haven't even received a phone call from the ITXpress Manager or EMG! and was told i would... i had to find out through the grape vine what was going on. Then make a few calls...to find out about out papers...yet i still haven't gotten mine! Cause Certain people weren't in the office at the moment but they would call me.... HELLO! I"m still waiting.. and as for unemployment...try feeding your family on 76 dollars a week... not happening! Brian and Marsha should pay us what they owe us. I know for fact they owe me at least $2000.00 alone!
ex employees spouse

Brentwood, TN

#151 Jul 12, 2010
CTO had no clue
Brian Whitfield-guilty
Marsha Whitfield-guilty
Ed Todd-not sure bad blood with him and Brian and Marsha's office was moved from across the hall of Ed's to upstairs don't think he could have been completely innocent. Whether he went along with things for his grandkids sake he was still involved.
Ben Purser-guilty or in on the take down?
Some employees may have known there were problems from rumors going around, but I don't think anyone knew this was going on. I know now why I had so many problems with the claims people for insurance. We are out at least $5,000 that includes not getting paid friday, stolen 401k, stolen health insurance money, unpaid medical bills. Could be more waiting to see how many more medical bills we get.
facebook page

Brentwood, TN

#152 Jul 12, 2010
http://www.facebook.com/... #!/pages/Sommet-Group-affected -Me-or-My-Family/1343850399270 56?v=wall
facebook page

Brentwood, TN

#153 Jul 12, 2010
you can search sommet group on facebook page will come up I will try to update with the latest
Another ex-sommet spouse

Augusta, MI

#154 Jul 12, 2010
I cant find that facebook page?
Exemployeeofsomm et

Nashville, TN

#155 Jul 12, 2010
Another ex-sommet spouse wrote:
I cant find that facebook page?
Try this!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sommet-Group/10... this
Another ex-sommet spouse

Augusta, MI

#156 Jul 12, 2010
spouse of ex employee wrote:
I can guarantee you almost all if not all itexpress, emg, and brandcentrik employees didn't see this coming. It was an awful feeling to have my spouse call me and tell me the fbi just raided sommet's office when he just so happened to be in a meeting that morning. For the person who hopes Marsha gets off to take care of their two kids. Marsha nor Brian were thinking of their kids when they were stealing everyone's money. To find out Brian was a parishoner at his church is just sickening. He should of been paying peoples health insurance and 401k like he was suppose to instead of throwing xmas parties with open bars in his gay a** turtle neck and giving everyone a gps. I would of much rather have health insurance for my children then a gps. Guess that explains the sorry raises. I hope Brian and Marsha are thrown in jail and anyone else that was involved with this.
My husband was in a meeting as well. I wonder if it was the same meeting?
Exemployeeofsomm et

Nashville, TN

#157 Jul 12, 2010
Just heard through the grapevine that Ben Purser, Retired FBI Agent is going to be charged also...
Exemployeeofsomm et

Nashville, TN

#158 Jul 12, 2010
ex employees spouse wrote:
CTO had no clue
Brian Whitfield-guilty
Marsha Whitfield-guilty
Ed Todd-not sure bad blood with him and Brian and Marsha's office was moved from across the hall of Ed's to upstairs don't think he could have been completely innocent. Whether he went along with things for his grandkids sake he was still involved.
Ben Purser-guilty or in on the take down?
Some employees may have known there were problems from rumors going around, but I don't think anyone knew this was going on. I know now why I had so many problems with the claims people for insurance. We are out at least $5,000 that includes not getting paid friday, stolen 401k, stolen health insurance money, unpaid medical bills. Could be more waiting to see how many more medical bills we get.
Ben Purser - Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. Brian would have not hired him being and X FBI Agent.
GOODBYE SOMMET

Roseland, NJ

#159 Jul 12, 2010
Exemployeeofsommet wrote:
Just heard through the grapevine that Ben Purser, Retired FBI Agent is going to be charged also...
I was wondering why there hasn't been an update, or charges filed yet. This now makes a lot of sense. Out of respect for Ben's background and service, I assume they want to make darn sure they have something solid before filing charges against him.

It was also my opinion that they might be trying to get someone else to cooperate. I would think they would give Ben the first opportunity to cooperate, given his service and relationships.

Ultimately I would bet that whomever goes to jail depends on who they get to cooperate and collaborate the current witness they have.

IN MY OPINION THE ODDS WOULD BE:

BW - 100 %
BP - 75 %
MW - 65 %
JC - 50 %
ET - 50 %
Kat the Clydesdale

Nashville, TN

#160 Jul 12, 2010
I think Purdon was probably not involved. But I base that on gut feeling only. I also doubt that Ed Todd was involved.
I see the rumor on here that Brian was gay, but no one is offering any stories that show that fact.
YetAnotherExEmpl oyee

Nashville, TN

#161 Jul 12, 2010
Exemployeeofsommet wrote:
Just heard through the grapevine that Ben Purser, Retired FBI Agent is going to be charged also...
Any idea when they will be charged?
YetAnotherExEmpl oyee

Nashville, TN

#162 Jul 12, 2010
Also there is a HUGE difference in knowing what was going on and partisipating in what was going on. Making decisions and actively benefiting from what was going on. They have to have something to charge you with. And knowing what was going on isn't exactly charge worthy. It's just information and witness worthy.
lost

Springfield, TN

#163 Jul 12, 2010
I agree. If knowing what was going on is enough to get charged I think alot of people better be getting lawyered up. Everyone is talking about BP and JC...Were either one of them in the restructuring meeting that was held on the 5th? I think the people that attended that meeting have the most to hide and be worried about.
unemployed

Brentwood, TN

#164 Jul 12, 2010
Let God be the judge of who rots in Hell...

I, too, am an ex employee. I really liked my job at Sommet. I loved the people, too.

This whole thing is so sad.

When I saw on Friday that there was no paycheck (even though I knew there wouldn't be)... it was sickening. That's when the reality hit that we were all really skrewed!

From the story about Digiscript that has come up, it sounds like BW is a money hungry, greedy man. Do you think maybe Marsha just got comfortable with the money too and that's why she stuck around?

Marsha and Brian never seemed like husband and wife from what I saw- or maybe they were just being "professional" in the office.

I heard BW was a very controling man.

I wondered what the deal was with Marsha and her father, Ed... Ed is a super sweet guy and I know that Marsha would never speak to him. I never found out WHY she hated her father.

The day after the raid, Kathleen Madden, the payroll manager, was the one who went back in and typed up the separation notices for employees.

I will definitely have a story to tell my children one day.
unemployed

Brentwood, TN

#165 Jul 12, 2010
Also, David Junquist was always running around like a chicken with his head cut off, and seemed pretty pissy towards BW at times. He just seemed frustrated.

I heard that he told BW payments for TN SUTA HAD TO BE PAID ASAP and BW shrugged him off.

The CTO spent lots of time with MW behind closed doors in her office, but we always assumed it was due to the payroll platform.
More News

Franklin, TN

#166 Jul 12, 2010
Jungquist knew more than anyone else being mentioned on this site what was going on. He is the one that oversaw cash transactions for all the business units, but not Sommet's account. Saying that however, does not mean he knew how Brian was mis-appropriating client funds. David was the go to guy for Purser, Coleman, Marsha, Ed, and anyone else that was having a problem with Brian. David shouldered everything. To say David was frustrated with Brian is a complete understatement. I still can't figure out why he stayed.
TICKED OFF

Franklin, TN

#167 Jul 13, 2010
Will somebody it over with and just kick his ass please!!
Ex-employee- HR Scam

Franklin, TN

#168 Jul 13, 2010
I can't figure out why with all these ex-employees on here that no one has mentioned that Ben hired an HR Director, Jennifer Berrell, about a year ago and her main job was to figure out ways to legally screw employees that they laid off out of severance, paid time off, and other benefits including unemployment. Oh, and sales reps who left with commissions due were also screwed out of that money by inflating expenses "during their employment" AFTER they'd left. Before she was hired HR was handled by different people in operations and was not a full-time position. So why all of a sudden did we need a full-time 6 figure HR director that Ben hired and happened to be a personal friend of his?

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