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Mood Brands LLC / Scam and cheating!

CA, United States Review updated:
4.5
Contact information:
Phone: 213 572 9515

In May 2005 I submitted an online inquiry to the Mood Beverage Corporation requesting more info on the business. The 'President', Brion Ware contacted me back and gave me some details. The company supposedly had a new line of energy drinks and investors were asked to deposit money to reserve a 'territory' for a distribution of the product. I was told the company already had several distributors on the west coast etc. I was also told that a Mood representative would come to my town and help establish my first 100 accounts, as well as provide advertising and other startup support. I deposited a total of $5500 with Mood with all monies clearly stated to be refundable (both verbally and in writing) if a formal contractual agreement was not reached within 21 days.

After further thought and research, i opted out of the business and requested my money back in late May of 2005. Nearly 3 years later i am still owed a huge portion of the original money i deposited. In the summer of 2005 I was told several times I would have my money by specific dates set by the 'president' himself but he continually ignored his own deadlines. He basically avoided me for months. I then began to contact attorneys and filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau, as well as with the Attorney General in Ohio and California, and the Department of Corporations.

By early 2006, 'the president' had been run out of California and tried to restart his business in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Ohio Attorney General began to get involved and spoke with him several times where he then proceeded to lie to both them and myself claiming he was going to pay me back. I filed a complaint with the BBB in South Carolina and it must have disrupted his plans because he finally began to contact me again. He gave me a sob story with several excuses and promised again to repay me.

In February of 2006 he sent out a bogus release of territory form which he claimed he needed to do in order to repay me, and stating that he owed me the $5500.

In the summer of 2006, he sent out a promissory note stating that he was going to repay me in payments of a minimum of $1000 each month until i was paid off. Late payments were to be subject to interest charges and attorney fees i would incur attempting to get my money back were also to be included.

Finally in the fall of 2006 i received a payment of $500. This already violated the agreement but I was happy to get some money so I tried to be patient. I received a few more $500 payments but each was late. I was then told on more than one occasion that he had been approved for more financing, or that he had a new bottle for his business, or another excuse...and that he was going to pay me in full on a certain date. These turned out to be more lies. I received a payment in January of 2007 and then when the time for the next payment came I told him beforehand it was due. He said it would be sent and it was not. Then he even claimed a payment was sent out but never provided me a tracking #... because it wasn't sent. Next he again claimed he would pay me the full amount again but lied. I have tried to be patient but after 2 years of his lies I have had enough.

I have learned of at least 4 other victims of this fraudulent company. I have spoken with people in New Mexico, Tennessee, California and Oklahoma who have had similar experiences with Mood and he owes them a total of well over $60000. Complaints have been filed with the FTC and FBI and Mood have actually been ordered to cease and desist business in the state of Oklahoma.

I would have pursued legal action but the guy is a ghost always on the run and never giving me an address to reach him. Others have tried to have him served as well but he is tough to find. Nearly 3 years after all his big claims on what this business could do, you still cant even purchase the product he was trying to get me and others involved with. I am seeking to regain my money and/or put and end the the fraudulent business practices of this company.

The company now goes by the name Mood Brands LLC and not Mood Beverage Corporation. I have also learned that he has conned several spokesmodels out of time and money as well as threatening them and their families. There are also at least 2 photographers he owes money and has illegally used photos he has not paid for. He even created a myspace account pretending to be one of his spokesmodels.

He also claims to be involved with Champ Car racing but that deal fell through last year as well.

Be very careful in any dealings with him.
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Ka
  4th of Mar, 2008
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Brad, why are you such a dickweed? Grow up and go cry to your mommy! You are a man. You made a bad business deal! Stop with the he cheated spokesmodels. It is hearsay and nothing to do with you! Be a man! Stop your crying!
Br
  26th of May, 2008
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To update this situation, Brion had an attorney contact me and I was asked to not file any more complaints until April/May and that I would be repaid then. I waited patiently and late May arrived and I still had recieved nothing. I contacted the attorney and told him I would be moving forward because it was obvious Brion was unwilling or unable to repay me. He said Brion's drinks were "in production" but they have been "in production" for the past 3 years.

He is now pushing these drinks through the name Advanced Bevtech, as Mood Beverage Corporation and Mood Brands no longer exist. This new "business" appears to be nothing more than a front of a website to try to establish some credibility, just as Mood was in the past. There was never anything valid to the two Mood businesses, just a scam operation.

While Brion has defrauded several people out of thoudands of dollars acroos the country with Mood, I can't claim that Advanced Bevtech has yet committed any wrongdoings, but would simply like to encourage people to do their research thoroughly before rushing into thing as with any business decision.

The Wyoming address Mr. Ware is using for the new "business" is an address that has been associated with several fraud complaints against multiple businesses in the past. Be careful with any dealings with Mr.Ware so you don't end up another victim.

I still have no legitimate address for him or I would pursue legal action myself, but he continues to be unreachable.


As for Kathy Stansfield, I didn't make a bad business decision but was conned by a ### as were several others. If Brion was a "man", he would repay the people he stole fromand move on with a legitimate business.
C
  30th of Jun, 2008
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You are correct where did he go? Ran away with the money.
Bi
  27th of Sep, 2008
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where is he
Mr
  14th of Nov, 2013
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Mr
  14th of Nov, 2013
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I see that it is year 2013... pretty late to help you guys out. I have alot and all information that you need to know of about this person brion ware. AKA William Ware and now William Wesley Ware. Yes he is still out there... but not for long his walls have now closed cause of me. Im someone he owes alot of money to and not only that but investors and employees. I would actually seen this persons face, I'm completely disgusted in the thought. This man is a fraud, sex offender and its hit pretty close to home now with ladies i know, myself and many others i care about and YOU. I have a case already going, I can help you also file against him at Labor boards to fight for your pay and hopefully I see you in court to fight for your right!! empowerment. This man needs to be sentenced.

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