NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The subject of a News 4 Investigates article is back in the spotlight tonight.
Vendors and customers say they paid money for a convention for Undead fans. The convention never took place – and they say they were never reimbursed.
Caresse Jackman, News 4’s Call 4 Action problem solver, discovered the man behind the business and secured thousands of these loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.
“I know a lot of businesses are struggling right now, given COVID-19 … and I appreciate that. And there are a lot of people who deserve it. But he’s not one of them, “Nikki Erickson said.
Nikki Erickson is one of the many vendors who wanted to attend the Nashville Walker Stalker convention, but when the event was postponed Erickson said she was never reimbursed.
“I don’t think you can really figure out how much money he owes people,” Erickson said.
A lawsuit, filed this year by the Tennessee attorney general’s office, claims Frazier owes $ 1.6 million to creditors alone, not including suppliers or customers. This week, the SBA released its paycheck protection program loan data. Data shows that James Frazier has been approved for a PPP loan between $ 150,000 and $ 350,000, and has 17 employees working for him.
When News 4 investigated the company last year, we heard complaints from people saying they had been told actors would be there, but they weren’t. These actors even spoke up, encouraging people not to attend the conventions.
“I was very confused. Because we know that this is an organization that has not lived up to its commitment to its customers. I wonder about the number of employees he says he has for this loan. Just based on the interactions we’ve had with him, ”said Robyn Housholder, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee.
The Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky told News 4 it has received more than 150 complaints about the company in three years. We want to ask Frazier what he uses for the money.
Businesses must use cash or payroll or other employee benefits or mortgage payments.
He did not respond to our numerous calls and emails on Wednesday.
“We don’t even know if he’s operating. Because right now her website is down. Future events initially promoted have been canceled. So I’m curious what this money will be used for if, in fact, there is no activity going on with the organization, ”Householder said.
So how could this have happened?
News 4 asked the SBA. They say that a borrower must disclose a criminal history or a crime of fraud. But, if a lawsuit is pending or if it does not notify a lender, a borrower may fall through the cracks.
The SBA says that if you want to file a complaint, you can report it to the SBA Inspector General’s office here.
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