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Brandon BelmonteDeadbeat / Scammer / Theif

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Watch out for this piece of garbage. He is pretending to be some socialite from Torrington Connecticut, the closest thing that state has to a trailer park, that tells people about his huge fortunes, has them do a ton of work for him, and runs away leaving nothing but expenses and losses for those that meet him.

He has a co-conspirator in his scam, Peter Belmonte - his father, no less. That's how he gets away with it.

They pose as high rollers telling people that they are hard money lenders with ridiculous sums to lend and then hit the poor borrow for huge initiation fees, and never fund the deal.

The kid is a convicted felon, check the court records. He has been convicted of assault, selling liquor to minors on 3 occasions and FELONY FRAUD to the tune of over $71, 000.00. That you can verify by searching the Torrington Citizen Register (their local paper).

The father has filed for bankruptcy protection on more than one occasion, has had his house forclosed on and has several judgments against him. Definitely not the behavior of a millionaire.

Please be careful if you think you're going into any business with this guy. He's bad news.

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  • Mo
    motty hershkowitz Aug 11, 2019
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    I invested $20K with KosherCorks, based on the info and this was right when they started.

    I have a signed agreement from Julie Ravage but was orchestrated by Brandon Belmonte.

    Brandon has told me numerous times that he will pay me back, will he?? I hope by the grace of g-d he will, but so far nothing.

    “Next week” has passed, “this week” has passed, “tomorrow” has passed, “today” has passed, “yesterday” has passed, “I scheduled through billpay”. They just keep on coming.

    Beware!

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    motty hershkowitz Jan 08, 2021
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    @motty hershkowitz UPDATE: Just want to note that after almost two years, Brandon sent me $10K, so while I'm surprised, I think it does count for something.

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    Mr. Tipster Jan 03, 2019

    Looks like it’s time for an update! Where do we begin? I hope the District Attorney and Attorney Generals are now paying attention to finally put Brandon in a cell. Several legal cases have appeared related to the comments and examples previously discussed in this complaints board thread.

    Brandon is also now selling wine online (at great deals!) to gather credit card numbers and run up charges. This is exactly the same credit card scam he ran after high school, was charged for in Connecticut, and then became a convicted felon.

    But first, here’s some examples in chronological order of the recent filings against Brandon, his mothe Judith Belmonte, and Marc Ravage who became wrapped up in Brandon’s con game while he was a business bank teller at Capital One.

    1. Federal Civil Suit; 9/10/2012; Breach of contract (Brandon seems to have got away with this one on a technicality after stealing tens of thousands of dollars)
    https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/33az2bkc3/new-york-southern-district-court/demaj-v-belmonte/
    Demaj v. Belmonte
    Federal Civil Lawsuit New York Southern District Court, Case No. 1:12-cv-06845
    District Judge William H. Pauley, III, presiding
    docket://gov.uscourts.nysd.1-12-cv-06845

    2. $375, 000 settlement 8/31/18; Brandon, his mother Judith and Marc Ravage agreed to settle after selling bogus liquor stores and business models in Trumbull, Glastonbury and Greenwich Connecticut.
    https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Enforcement/Securities-Orders-2/Empire-Wine-et-al---Consent-Order
    IN THE MATTER OF:
    EMPIRE WINE & LIQUOR
    SUPERSTORE CT, LLC
    BRANDON BELMONTE, JUDITH A. BELMONTE, MARC B. RAVAGE

    3. 12/3/2018 An ongoing case in New York for selling more bogus liquor stores, falsifying mortgage and loan documents etc. par for the course
    https://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-york/nysdce/7:2018cv09853/503465
    Bartone et al v. Belmonte et al
    Plaintiff: Erik Bartone and Bart Financial, LLC
    Defendant: Pinnacle Wine & Liquor, Inc., Marc Ravage, Brandon Belmonte and Julie C Ravage
    Case Number: 7:2018cv09853
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Court: New York Southern District Court

    FEB-MAR 2018 ; Lastly, it seems that Brandon started a website offering free shipping and wine at incredibly low prices. Once people began to buy, he shipped some orders, not others, some incomplete, but also began to run up charges on credit cards without approval. Here’s a link to DansDeals where the ridiculously low prices were discovered and discussed, then several defrauded consumers mention speaking with Brandon Belmonte and exchanging endless emails.

    Does that sound familiar? Excuses for not shipping or refunding included “i’m sick with the flu” and “i’ll have someone look into it”. Maybe the bulldog ate the order?

    https://www.dansdeals.com/advertisement/huge-wine-sale-koshercorks-exclusive-discounts-code-dansdeals-readers-bartenura-8-99-free-shipping-case-many-hot-deals/

    Brandon doesn’t deserve life in prison, it hard tome, for sure. It’s the same con game over and over and over.

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  • Br
    Brandonskarma Aug 02, 2016

    A liar and mentaly ill . I beg u to stay away from this ahole. A real piece of trash. Scam artist. Will lie about everything

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Nov 16, 2015
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    If you're still having trouble contacting Brandon for unpaid bills or debt, try calling one of his "newest locations" at 330 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488. The phone number is [protected].

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  • La
    latoyaw Nov 06, 2015

    I agree. He does not pay his bills. He was smooth, promised to pay, claimed to have sent the check numerous times and it was never received.
    He never objected to any of our work, in fact he said we were great. At the end of the job, he simply didn't pay.

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Oct 21, 2015
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    BEWARE dealing with Brandon Belmonte or Empire Wine and Liquors, it's all a scam!
    For people looking to contact Brandon, he recently showed up on Connecticut's Top 50 Delinquent Tax Payers list with the following information:

    BELMONTE BRANDON D
    47 TROTTERS WAY Individual Income
    TORRINGTON, CT $119, 463.84

    Here's the link for reference: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1453&q=296114
    Brandon is a pathological liar and scam artist who should never be trusted under any circumstance, hopefully if you just met him and heard any number of his tall tales, you googled his name and found this. Now run for the hills and call the liquor authority or state's district attorney to add to the case file.

    Don't let his used, leased Mercedes fool you- the only honest dollar Brandon ever made was in High School making sandwiches for Salerno's Deli in Torrington.

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  • Br
    BrandonBelmonteIsAFraud Apr 07, 2015

    I was 100% scammed by this sick person. Brandon is a fraud. Literally everything that was written before my post is what I experienced. He signed dozens of agreements with Architects, Designers, Electricians, Lawyers, etc. and claimed to have paid their retainer yet never did. I received a phone call from a broker that Brandon put me down as a reference for - big mistake. The broker was due a commission for months from Brandon on apartment he signed on 57th street. he never paid rent and never paid the commission.

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  • So
    Soft5 Mar 24, 2015

    Empire is doing FRAUD . BEWARE buyers. Beware of Brandon Looser Clan.

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  • Sa
    Sameer Patel 90 Mar 24, 2015

    This guy named Brandon is a big scam and fraud. Do not buy and thing from him . He makes fake papers of lease and do permit frauds. Beware of this fraud. Check with current victims of fraud before going ahead.

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    Sameer Patel 90 Mar 24, 2015

    This guy is a big scam and fraud. Do not buy and thing from him . He makes fake papers of lease and do permit frauds. Beware of this fraud. Check with current victims of fraud before going ahead.

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  • Wi
    Wine3636 Jan 06, 2015
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    Another stupid comment above... Sure come by you can come in...
    Would be glad to show you around
    Send what you want to whoever you want if you
    Can't write your name you are a loser and have no credibility at all
    Come meet me... Anytime...
    I will Meet you at the apartment anytime

    I won't chime in on here anymore so have fun


    -Brandon-
    [protected]

    -3 Votes
  • Jo
    johnnyknows Jan 06, 2015

    That's all great Brandon. How long have you been living there? That apartment you are saying is yours has been listed for rent since 6/2014 and was there was just a contract signed on it on 12/4/2014. It was taken off the market. Nice how you use the listing pictures on your facebook page as "the views from your apartment".(back on 10/23/14 it was vacant and listed for rent) I don't think the real tenants would like a scoundrel like you posting their address. They might get some unwanted visitors, looking for owed money. I can give you the listing brokers name and number...We should send a copy of the complaints board to newspapers in Wallingford as well as the other towns he's proposed stores. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/146-W-57th-St-APT-70B-New-York-NY-10019/2106693589_zpid/

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  • Mr
    Mr. Tipster Jan 05, 2015

    Sure thing Brandon, I'll stop by. From the sounds of it, more than one person would like to meet you and say this to your face.

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  • Wi
    Wine3636 Jan 05, 2015
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    I never thought I would chime in on this ### again, BUT i do not live in Torrington
    I am going to write my name and all my contact details including my home address so anyone can contact me.

    Brandon Belmonte
    146 west 57th street
    70B
    New York, NY 10019
    [protected] is my cell #

    There is no consultation fee, you have no idea what you are talking about.
    I have also downloaded an app on my phone so when you call from a blocked # I will know your #
    Would love to see 1 person meet me and say this too my face.

    -2 Votes
  • Al
    Alex 711 Jan 04, 2015
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    Brandon Belmonte contacted me thru a website stating he has 2 liquor store for sale in CT, under the Empire Wine & Spirits name. He states the stores are under construction and I will need to pay him 300k. Is this is a scam??? Please advise.

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    Alex 711 Jan 04, 2015
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    I was contacted by Brandon Belmonte about a opportunity to buy 2 liquor stores in CT, under the name of Empire Wine & Spirits. Brandon said the stores are under construction and they will be opening soon? Is this the type of scam he pulls? Has this happened to any one else?? Please advise

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  • Lo
    lovmybev Dec 31, 2014

    Brandon is now scamming an Indian couple from Cheshire, They purchased the Liquor permit (which was in his mother's name) as well as the lease (which was in someone else's name). Left the contractors high and dry. Charging them a consultation fee, when he hasn't a F'in clue how to open a store order properly. He can't even make his lies sound believable. These people are either blind, deaf or just dumb. You can't feel sorry for people when they enter into a business relationship with someone and don't do their research. The senerio goes like this, buy a permit for $2000.00 (under your mothers name), rent a space in a plaza (cheap plaza with a lot of vacancies), make it look nice by hiring some schmuck contractors to put a pergo floor down, a cooler, a register. Then you are into it for $10, 000(maybe). Sell it for $150, 000, then charge a $20, 000 consultation fee to help get the store up and running. He is ###!!! Not allowed to hold a liquor permit in the state of CT. He is a felon. He does not live in N.Y, he is a Torrington raggy. No high rise for him.. A rented shack he shares with his dad in the worst area of town.Please Brandon, give the population of CT a break and really move to NY. Everyone in the liquor business knows your a big funny looking joke. The just talk to you to get together and laugh about the stuff you say. No one takes you seriously. Your the joke of the industry. Just the mention of your name evokes laughter. When they are speaking to you they're laughing inside. Pack it up, looser boy!!

    4 Votes
  • I recently saw Peter Belmonte in Torrington. No sign on Brandon or the silver SUV I last knew they drove. Boy did it take a harsh bite on the tongue to keep myself from doing anything regrettable. Karma is still flying high :) Nighty night Brandon.

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Nov 12, 2014
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    BUYER BEWARE OF EMPIRE LIQUOR LOCATIONS
    (UPDATE: None, absolutely zero Empire Wine & Liquor stores have ever been opened despite Brandon's constant postings on social media of "Opening soon!!!" or "How much success I've had in my life". It's all a lie. The last honest dime Brandon made came from making sandwiches at Salerno's Deli in Torrington, CT at the tender age of 16. Any other money has come from lying, cheating, stealing, and snitching. Don't believe me? Ask to see his income tax returns. Oh, but he has a website, so it must be legit: http://www.goempirewine.com/)

    Buyer beware of Empire Liquor Store locations. If you have seen these businesses listed on a broker site like BizBuySell or have been approached about a franchise opportunity, Brandon Belmonte will happily take your money and surely disappear without notice. His latest scam features "AMAZING!!" liquor stores in proposed locations around Connecticut. His tenth-grade education level really shines in what some might call, THE BEST SELLING POINTS OF ALL TIME!!! Note the future tense:

    -WILL HAVE GREAT WINE SALES
    -WILL BE A VERY HIGH VOLUME STORE
    -GREAT 1-2 MAN OPERATION
    -STORE WILL MAKE TONS OF MONEY
    -NO COMPETITION
    -WILL DO $3M
    Competition:
    NO COMPETITION
    Support:
    AS NEEDED

    Here's the links before he takes them down:
    West Hartford, CT http://m.bizbuysell.com/?m_lt=40&s=CT&i=AD&bfs_cpg=&tab=eb#bfs-profile-1132010
    Fairfield, CT http://m.bizbuysell.com/?m_lt=40&s=CT&i=AD&bfs_cpg=&tab=eb#bfs-profile-1132011
    Waterbury, CT http://m.bizbuysell.com/?m_lt=40&s=CT&i=AD&bfs_cpg=&tab=eb#bfs-profile-1127689
    Hartford, CT http://m.bizbuysell.com/?m_lt=40&s=CT&i=AD&bfs_cpg=&tab=eb#bfs-profile-1123472
    Wallingford, CT http://m.bizbuysell.com/?m_lt=40&s=CT&i=AD&bfs_cpg=&tab=eb#bfs-profile-1123105

    Unfortunately Marc Ravage, an otherwise seemingly legitimate banker, has been listed as the "broker to contact" in these business offerings which will "accept any offer". Marc is reachable at [protected] according to the listing. For a reasonably intelligent individual, Marc should be able to see through this scam considering Brandon opened a Capital One account with Marc almost three years ago, and for the same amount of time, Brandon was unable to deposit a single penny into that account.

    Since Brandon is not only a compulsive liar, but suffers from severe anxiety having burned so many people in his life, I took a screenshot of the business listings. Brandon worries so much, he checks this page every night when he has trouble falling asleep from the sheer amount of guilt weighing on his conscious. If you are dealing with Brandon, run far in the opposite direction. I've also included a screenshot from his Facebook post on 11/12/14 showing a sign on his Empire Wine location, which was listed for sale 5 minutes later.

    I'm sure all his franchise documents have been legally reviewed, filed, and approved with the state (more sarcasm).

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Jun 01, 2014
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    As expected, Brandon was kicked out of his proposed "Empire Wine" location in the Kmart Plaza in Torrington, Connecticut. During the process he managed to not pay several contractors after they completed work. Every penny of financing Brandon receives goes directly into his pockets of the pockets of his father and co-conspirator, Peter Belmonte. For a recent reference, you could call the landlord of the proposed Torrington location at [protected].

    Judging from the unkempt lawn, his son Brandon is remaining as useless and lazy as ever, or the family is preparing for another move to avoid prosecution. There is not one ounce of good in these people, so beware of how "good-hearted" any of their propositions may seem.

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    tradesman24 May 08, 2014

    definitely ### burnt me out of pay for so called package store I'll find him!!!

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    CovertCitizen Jan 10, 2014

    Look at this that he posed on FB!!

    Brandon Belmonte
    October 9, 2013
    EMPIRE ROCKY HILL AND EMPIRE TORRINGTON ARE ALMOST READY TO GO
    ITS TAKEN ME A WHILE!
    THEN IM GOING, AVON, YONKERS, WATERBURY AND NEW ROCHELLE
    GOT AN AMAZING OFFER TODAY TO OPEN IN PEEKSKILL NY
    ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TOUGH BEHIND A COMPUTER
    YOU CREACK ME UP!!!
    He wrote that last yr!! Still no store!! He is working at the pizza place on N. Main St. in Torrington acting and saying he is now a partner at that place. Be careful of this loser. Lie after lie after lie after lie. B.S. and more B.S. and more B.S. such a wanna-b!! He will reall you in and then lie to you over and over, he will take your mponey and use it to his advantage. he is no good and sooner or later time will run out for you Brandie Boy!!

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    munchkin69 Jan 10, 2014

    Can I buy invisible product with invisible money when I visit your invisible store in the K-mart plaza? Your the best, please continue to keep us entertained with your business follies. If possible, I would like to rent some space from you in that delusional mind of yours. Thanks for the laughs!!!

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    FallingStar Oct 29, 2013

    LOSER!!! Sick individual who is enabled by his parents to be a ###, nice job! He continuously beats hard working contractors out of money, shame on them for not getting the money up front, even AFTER they were warned. Bad luck to you in your newest planned business scandal, and here's hoping you don't ruin someones life because they fall for your line of ###!

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    joyrmcintire Oct 03, 2013

    Understand, I stand behind my family and he obviously cares about his, but he has raped my family, he's putting my 77 year old Mother out. What at ###. I think he sucks dick or licks pussy ... what ever it takes!

    Darcy's sis Joy!

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Sep 12, 2013
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    Here's a document Brandon would show to landlords, lawyers, and partners trying to prove his net worth. Ironically, it looks like a spreadsheet any 4th grader could download from Google then fill in the blanks. Which, after all, makes sense because Brandon barely knows how to use a computer. As an FYI for people reading this, he tries to negotiate leases in the name of a bogus corporation often claiming to pay the year up front for a deal. Stop wasting your time, he has no money or credit history. Would anyone worth several million dollars be living in filth on their parent's couch in Winsted, Connecticut? A house they claim to own but actually rent because several bankruptcies have left his father incapable of claiming a legitimate income. He drives a beat up Ford Taurus with a suspended license which is a far cry from the S63 AMG or Ferrari F430 he claims to have owned! Also, there has never, ever been an apartment in NYC much less a $20k/month rental at the Time Warner Center. Ask for references, his favorite thing to do is name drop, name drop, name drop. But actually try calling someone like Jacob the Jeweler and see what they say about Brandon Belmonte!

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    SmarterThanUthought Sep 02, 2013

    A friend of mine says hes involved with South End Two Guys Pizza in Torrington... any Torrington natives should keep an eye out for him down there because hes probably going to do the same thing he always does! And his threats are useless... my friend who worked there for years before his uncle died told me that Brandon called the FBI on him because he was worried about 'defamation of character'? That is some ###. He says hes rich and just wants to help people. It doesnt seem that way, because he has screwed my friend over, royally. All after his uncle died and his resturaunt had to close. I hope things work out for Two Guys Pizza, but GET HIM OUT OF THERE!

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  • Ey
    EyEiNtHeSkY Aug 27, 2013

    Torrington Citizen, If you believe that one I got a piece of property in a swamp to sell you! He's been telling lie after lie and making more enimies in that plaza then you will ever know.

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    Torrington citizen Aug 26, 2013

    The liquor store in Kmart plaza has taken so long because I believe it was a Chinese restaurant and place was a mess and he got shut down for a couple months because they made them get a new approval from the city. I looked in the window and I see that they have just poured an entire concrete floor.

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  • Ey
    EyEiNtHeSkY Aug 05, 2013

    Look at this link:: http://www.startups.co/users/brandon-belmonte

    Now he's trying to obtain funding from online sites that back new busnesses!! This kid is not to be trusted, he is a liar and unsavory to say the least. His reputation is a well known joke throughout the town and is far reaching to contractors and business associates.

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  • Ey
    EyEiNtHeSkY Aug 05, 2013

    It's the longest store opening ever!! ROTF That's because it isn't going to happen!!

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    ParkingLotObserver Apr 08, 2013

    There ain't gonna be any store opening at K-Mart, don't you all see the same pattern starting? He is scamming again but people are catching on and getting suspicious. Funny thing is that 'Brandy' is not even aware of this point. Watching is worth it for the great sense of entertainment it provides!

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Dec 10, 2012
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    My purpose in posting here is purely to forewarn honest and hardworking individuals not to fall victim to Brandon's stories, assurances, and justifications. If nothing else, I hope for other people to avoid wasting even a minute of their lives believing the same lies and deception. I simply didn't think it was possible for a human being to wake up every day knowing every word that came out of their mouth was a complete and utter lie.

    Here's another judgement from Capitol One bank against Brandon Belmonte in 2010.

    "Judgment enters for the plaintiff against the defendants Allied 52nd Street, LLC and Brandon D. Belmonte In the amount of $30, 030.84 plus 385.22 costs. Defendant Brandon D. Belmonte shall make weekly payments of $35.00 commencing 02/ 18 /2010. "

    http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/PublicCaseDetail.aspx?DocketNo=LLICV095006997S
    http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/DocumentInquiry/DocumentInquiry.aspx?DocumentNo=1631684

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  • Whose Brandon? Your dog?

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    Only the Truth Oct 16, 2012

    Brandon, Brandon, Brandon...seems like you did not follow my advice and quit while you were ahead. You have screwed with alot of good people and now is the time to pay. If anyone has need of more information on this piece of garbage, just let me know and I'll gladly give it to you. Have lots of paperwork that is all fraudulent... Can't wait til they put the final nail in your coffin... Daddy"s too

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    The salesmen Oct 15, 2012

    is currently running ads on craigslist for store managers. how he could keep up with all the lies i have no idea, thanks for the pic btw

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    Someone Ethical Oct 01, 2012
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    Picture for reference.

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  • So
    Someone Ethical Sep 06, 2012
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    Brandon Belmonte claims to have made millions of dollars selling liquor stors, yet can't support anything except with more lies. He is a con artist of the worst kind and continues to hide behind different lawyers he doesn't ever pay.

    He lies, cheats, and steals without concern. I have dozens, literally dozens of references you can call in the real world who will attest to his behavior. For the time being, look out for this kid and do not do business with him. Just ask for references and see the excuses you'll get in return.

    There's a lot more to come and the law will be involved.

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    Timmy the Albo Sep 04, 2012

    He is just a liar, ### ... He is not opening anything anywhere ...
    ( more to come ...)

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    brookfieldohno Aug 23, 2012

    Do you have an active liquor permit or temp. permit. to be setting up a liquor store? There are 14 permits for use in the town of Torrington. At this point all are being utilized. I don't understand how another store can come in if there are no available permits. Usually when you apply for a permit a placket to make to community aware that you are applying is put out by the potential place of business for 30 days. I haven't seen one as of yet

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