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There are 1478 comments on the NewsChannel5.com Nashville story from Jul 6, 2010, titled FBI Raids Sommet Group In Cool Springs - NewsChannel5.com | Nashvil.... In it, NewsChannel5.com Nashville reports that:

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.

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Lies Lies Lies

Nashville, TN

#212 Jul 14, 2010
Another Ex-emp wrote:
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No, don't think he's gay. He buys his guy friends and some see that peculiar behavior as homosexual. I think he was just insecure and bought his friends so they'd kiss his ****.
So begging a man to go to the bathroom of a club so y'all can "get a little closer" is not gay. Come on! Do we have to spell it out?
nashville bus

United States

#213 Jul 14, 2010
pray for the kids
Whitfield the Sitzpinkler

Nashville, TN

#214 Jul 14, 2010
Yeah, the kids weren't at fault here. And they've likely dealt with all kinds of drama since well before this story hit the news.
another sommet ex

United States

#215 Jul 14, 2010
I spoke to a person at John Hancock about the 401k and possibilities of money being able to be released. I was told that if all that are involved (all of the employees that didn't get paid, the client's employees etc etc)- would contact the DOL- the more numbers that contact the faster they may move on letting us get our money.
The number to call is: 8-666-4-USA DOL or go online at www.dol.gov . I was not given a name of the case worker but was told that the more people that contacted saying that they needed their money and this resolved the faster they would process.
Wouldn't hurt to try... Just wanted to give everyone a head's up! Good luck! I plan on calling tomorrow.
I R Pist

Nashville, TN

#216 Jul 15, 2010
DarnShame wrote:
Still no word from the Whitfield's? Did a drive by, Curtains fully pulled at the house, papers piling the driveway, grass weedy and long.
Pool looks ready. Darn Shame.
They probably have a landscaping company on the way soon to spruce things up. I am sure they will just pay for it with everyone's Christmas Club and 401k money.
Ex employee

Franklin, TN

#219 Jul 15, 2010
Lies Lies Lies wrote:
Why is no one talking about Jeff Sowell?
Why would we be? I worked there for years and I doubt he knew what payroll did, he wasn't on their floor, or even the laws that govern their operations. How is he guilty? Just by being friends with Brian? I feel that I know quite well who knew what and who worked in harming others. BW, MW, BP, JC, JB, DJ are definitely guilty. I don't see Jeff's involvement.
Another Ex-Sommet Client

Murfreesboro, TN

#221 Jul 15, 2010
Ed Todd is just as guilty as the rest. He was very aware of what was going on. I sent numerous emails and called numerous times about why this check bounced or why insurance claims weren't getting paid. He always sugar coated it with some explanation such as switching banks, etc. There is no doubt he knew what was going on. I hope he is reading this so he will know how many people he has hurt.

Franklin, TN

#222 Jul 16, 2010
What happened to the thread...it disappeared...but now it's back...
FormerSommetEmpl oyee

Columbia, TN

#223 Jul 16, 2010
Ex-employee- HR Scam wrote:
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?
I could never figure out Jennifer's roll. When our department was hiring she was only involved at certain times. She didn't complete any interviewing prior to employment ... Just didn't make any sense.
Mike Hester

Nashville, TN

#224 Jul 16, 2010
This is a letter i sent to all news media i could get an email address for. So far channel 5 has done an interview and channel 4 is planning to do one. I think everyone that was affected and having to go through this crap should write the news stations. Let the public know and put pressure on the responsible parties.

Hi there,
Let me preface by saying that I am very disappointed in the lack of news coverage on the Sommet Group and the current "allegations" surrounding them. I am not sure if most people do not realize how much this has affected thousands of people or it is just a lack of knowledge on the publics part.

My name is Mike Hester and I am a Nashville citizen. I worked for a company that was owned by Brian Whitfield - also a co-owner of the Sommet Group. On Wednesday July 7th 2010 I and my co-workers found out that bank accounts and all assets of Mr. Whitfield had been frozen by the IRS. This is following up a Tuesday meeting with our company production manager about the FBI raid on the Sommet's Cool Springs Location. We were told during this meeting that this was not going to affect us - that it had more to do with the "higher ups" within the Sommet Group. That could not have been further from the truth. Wednseday afternoon, after hearing of the seized accounts, we left work two hours early and later that evening was told not to come in on Friday. We are supposed to be paid every Friday. We did not get paid Friday. Some of us have not been paid 3 weeks back at this point. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck - we are all living modestly, but when something like this happens, it is devasting to say the least.

The plot thickens

Friday afternoon we all recieved phone calls saying that we had seperation notices at work in order for us to file unemployment. I went and picked mine up and there were various discrepencies on mine, and from what I understand, on everyones papers. I went ahead and filed for unemployment anyway and am waiting to find out if it will go through. If it doesn't I stand to fall behind on my mortgage, car payment, and ultimately may have to reschedule my upcoming wedding that is set for October 30th at Two Rivers Mansion - We have already paid a deposit on that and can hopefully get it back if it comes down it.

My paycheck from a week ago may also be sent back overdrafting my bank account so significantly that I will not be able to pay it off anytime soon. This has already happened to several people I work with and I fear that not enough time has elapsed for this to happen to me...I'm just waiting to find out.

There are so many unanswered questions to what is going on and why this happened in the first place that it is pitiful. People are suffering and being punished for something they had nothing to do with, people will not be able to get medications, will lose houses, automobiles and who knows what else if something does not happen soon. Please help us get answers.

Here is the address to the interview channel 5 i did.

Franklin, TN

#225 Jul 16, 2010
I live around the block from Brian, and I can see him sitting at his pool drinking a beer with a handsome brunette dude;Boyfriend? Lawyer?

You guys should stop by and pay him a visit :)

Brentwood, TN

#226 Jul 16, 2010
I also live on the same street as the Whitfields. The whole neighborhood can't stand them. They drive through going REALLY fast in their stupid pimped out cars and the kids at the bus stop all know to watch out for the fat bald guy in the porsche in the mornings. The only bad thing is that they didn't finish their landscaping around the front so it's all dirt. I feel so bad for their nextdoor neighbors. I KNOW they will be glad to see them go. The Porta-Potty that has been in the front yard for a YEAR is finally gone. I hope those workers were paid so the bushes don't get repossessed. We are just hoping that he gets jailtime. He's just a bad person through and through.....and his wife with the big fake skanky boobs knew exactly what she was doing. She seems to like the money more than him. please go away Whitfields!

United States

#227 Jul 17, 2010
Just wondering has the sommet group filed bankruptcy or dissolved? Is the office just there full of computers and desks just empty? Has any employees tried to get back in recently? This is just the strangest case and since it sounds like Brian and family are on an eternal vacation now with all your money, I just wondered how this business was truly going to end. Anyone know?

Lonedell, MO

#228 Jul 18, 2010
We in Mo. are wondering the same thing. I know their has been lawsuits filled but no one knows the state of Sommet. Our managers are trying to find out so maybe they can get back some to the money lost. Mostly our christmas club acc. I know this is small compared to all the lost everything. I have a deep gut feeling the Whitfiels are going to wall away from this scott free. They have the money and I believe have hid it well. But that is just my opinion.

Franklin, TN

#229 Jul 18, 2010
Hipshot, If you want to keep track of ALL information regarding this crooked company, this website is amazing and tracks everything, articles from all newspapers, all videos, and even individual twitter posts. It's been very helpful.


I hope this helps the out of town companies. Please pass it along.

Franklin, TN

#230 Jul 18, 2010
Hey pool party at Whitfield's new pool- RIGHT NOW! They are back from their vacation on the houseboat, and back to the grind of their normal life. Come see, there are Friends, kids, food, and liquor. Wonder if it was catered?

C'mon over, German Lane, CoolSprings don't know the address, only house with the pool on the block, and unfinished landscape and 3 foot weeds in front.

Seriously, come on over.

Washington, MO

#231 Jul 18, 2010

Thanks you for the link, I will pass it along to others seeking info.

Brentwood, TN

#232 Jul 20, 2010
What is the latest? I guess Brian Whitfag is the ideal portrait of what a Christian should be?

Franklin, TN

#233 Jul 20, 2010
I found a link about Brand Centrick


Brentwood, TN

#235 Jul 21, 2010
So now what? He gets off free.

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