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Super Nova Group / Money scam

1 United States

My family and I moved to Las Vegas Oct. 1st and we contacted this company by email inquiring about furnished rental properties. Andres Calvo emailed us back and said they had several houses available so we arranged to view one. We met Bruce Peterson at the home and decided to rent it. He informed me it would cost $10, 733.25 in what I thought was prepaid rent to get into the property and I gave him $8, 000 in cash with the rest to be paid when we signed the lease. That event was postponed twice so while at their office Andres Calvo had me sign a reservation request and I gave him a check for $2, 733.25, that was Friday Oct. 14th. Over the weekend we changed our minds and decided against renting the house so first thing Monday morning I called, faxed and emailed our cancellation, less than 24 business hours later. When I received no response I had a feeling things were not right so the next day I consulted a lawyer. After reviewing the paperwork and emails he told me that it did not look as if the company had any right to keep any of the money, however it could take up to 2 years and cost between 3 and 5 thousand dollars to litigate. On Wednesday Oct. 19th Bruce Peterson called and informed me he could only give us half of our money back. I told him I had consulted a lawyer and that he did not have any legal right to keep our money at which point he said “sue me”. Both he and Andres Calvo then proceeded to try and convince me to rent a different house from them because they claimed the original home we were going to rent was already taken and I played along for a few days hoping to eventually get my money back. When that did not pan out I wrote a request for payment and faxed it to their office. They ignored me so I had the lawyer send a request for payment as well. I never heard from them again. I was able to put a stop payment on the check I wrote but of course they have our $8, 000 that I gave Bruce Peterson in cash.

I have since found out through Beverly Mobley of Senator Dennis Nolan's office that this company's corporation has been in default since July, 2005. They have had other complaints lodged against them through the Dept. of Business and Industry here in Las Vegas. Both agents we dealt with do not have licenses. I contacted the NDOJ and sent a package containing all of our email and correspondence with this company as well as an official complaint form from their site to the Attorney General. A week later I received a one line letter telling me that this matter MAY fall under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Business and Industry, the same organization that did NOTHING about the previous complaints lodged against this company. The Nevada Metro Police have informed me that this is a CIVIL matter, gee, don't you wish you could steal thousands of dollars from people and NEVER be held criminally responsible? The BBB never even bothered to respond to my complaint. So bottom line is Bruce Peterson and Andres Calvo STOLE $8, 000 of our money, are NOT criminally responsible for it, continue to operate a defunct company, raping and pillaging the public, with impunity and NO ONE in this city will do anything about it! Calvo and Peterson get to drive new cars and live the high life while my family and I sit in dire financial staights with NO RECOURSE!!

This company's website is now gone and I am sure that Bruce Peterson has skipped out. If the Attorney General or the Dept. of Business & Industry had done their job then this company would not have been in business and vwe would still have our $8, 000.


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