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Thursday, 25 October, 2007 11:47 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Suckers, Labor Law Posters, and Shysters

AmericaJR.com uncovers a scam facing small business owners nationwide

PHOTO CREDIT: DUMDUMPOPS.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: DUMDUMPOPS.COM

 

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

 

Gee, you can learn so much from the Internet. Of course, not all of it is true, but it saves the trip to the library and actually opening up a book.

I was just going to open with, P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute!", but I just read on the net that David Hannum first said it. Hmmmmm.....well, at any rate, both agree suckers abound and are here to stay and are easy prey for shysters like Compliance Documents, LLC out of either Deer Park, NY or Norwalk, CT.

The U.S. Department of Labor requires all businesses display posters with the minimum wage and other information in plain view for the benefit of employees. These posters are free of charge and can be downloaded from the Department's website, or mailed to you.

Compliance Documents, LLC, after saying they will send them to you free of charge, mails you an invoice for $77.90. I called the U.S. Department of Labor about this scam, and they told me, "It's not something we address." Okay, then. Great job looking out for the people.

So then I called the Detroit office of the F.B.I. and the nice man they funneled my call to said he would pass on the information I gave him about Compliance Documents, LLC to the proper people who will decide whether to investigate Compliance's shell game. He also took down my information, so maybe they will investigate me instead.....

He told me he was not sure if it was illegal or merely unethical, but that he would pass it on. I can tell you as a person who studied ethics in law school, it is highly unethical to make money by bamboozling naive souls.

I would say as a good rule that anyone who says they will help you deal with the government, unless they are a lawyer, who is bound by oath to be ethical, should be told to take a hike to Mt. Fuji. Lawyers are also officers of the court system, both federal and state. I know there are some shysters among us, but at least we are accountable, and can lose our license and our livelihood if we treat you like a sucker.

In short, if you need any documents from the government, get them from the government. If you have any questions, ask a lawyer or find the answers yourself. Check the Better Business Bureau whenever you contemplate doing business with a non-governmental entity purporting to provide a service. And, last but not least, be careful about those Tootsie Roll centers if you have loose fillings!

Truly,
Mike Wrathell, Esq. (State Bar of Michigan)

 

For more details on this scam, visit:

http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3339/9351/

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/251/RipOff0251727.htm

 

To investigate a business or a charity, visit the Better Business Bureau.

 

 

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