Brake Planet Royalty Rotors / Fraud and Scam
Brake Planet / Royalty Rotors is run by a couple of the biggest scam artist in the country. They have ripped off rotor vendors, other brake companies and a lot of retail customers. They will take your money. They will make false promises, there is no billing or refund department. They use aliaes for names, they have different corporations that they open and close. The girls that answer the phone are all part of the scam.Do yourself a favor, DON'T BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE!! Here is an article about them…
Two Tustin men pleaded guilty Monday to fraud for collecting more than $900, 000 from businesses that paid phony bills for copy machine toner, federal authorities said.
Mike Mueller and Vern Willhite, both 36, entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court to one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud.
Beginning in 1994, they would call offices claiming to be copier servicemen to get the machines' serial numbers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellyn Lindsay. Then they would bill for toner shipments that were never made, the charges alleged.
More than 1, 000 companies paid the phony bills, Lindsay said.
Mueller was scheduled for sentencing Oct. 5; Willhite for Nov. 16. Lane Devin Fife, 38, who was also charged with taking part in the scheme, was scheduled for trial Sept. 8.
"Three Tustin men suspected of defrauding businesses across the country of as much as $600, 000 in a phony billing scam were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of federal fraud.
Michael Mueller, 35, Vern E. Willhite, 36, and Lane Devin Fife, 37, were charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and aiding and abetting the commission of a crime.
In a criminal complaint, authorities allege that the men victimized companies by billing them for copier machine chemicals that were never sent.
The bills ranged from $100 to $600--small enough that many companies never questioned them. Total losses to the victims are estimated at $500, 000 to $600, 000, according to Timothy P. McNally, assistant director of the FBI office in Los Angeles.
The arrests were made by the County of Orange Boiler Room Apprehension (COBRA) task force, which consists of city, county, state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agents.
McNally said the task force conducted searches of the suspects' Tustin residences and of their business at 4500 Campus Drive, Suite 365, Newport Beach.
The men were in business for about four years, according to the complaint, and used at least five different business names: Nationwide Shipping; Automated Shipping; Express Processing Service; Elite Packaging, and American Shipping.
The task force was started in January 1997 to combat "pervasive telemarketing fraud" in Orange County, McNally said. To date, 17 illegal telemarketing operations have been closed because of COBRA investigations, he said"