LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Marc Velasquez, sentenced in federal court less than a year ago of defrauding the government out of millions of dollars, has returned to his roots — hucksterism. His latest scam — non-payment of wages to people involved in his latest business “venture”.
Velasquez, was arrested a few years ago after his Lake Oswego, Oregon, business, Deaf Studio 29, was caught participating in a widespread deaf video relay scam that cost the federal government nearly $100 million dollars. Twenty seven deaf business people were eventually convicted and are in prison or on parole. Velasquez agreed to a plea bargain of 3 years probation and a restitution of $2.5 million dollars.
Velasquez is less than one year into his probation term and evidence has surfaced that he has returned to his fraudulent ways — behavior that may be in violation of his probation terms.
Velasquez appears to be conning people into working for him and intentionally avoiding compensating them. Evidence shows that Velasquez has a business in Portland, Oregon and it is still in operation. A number of deaf people in the community are reporting that Velasquez has failed to pay them (employees and subcontractors) for the work they provided for him in recent months. I was able to confirm this for at least one employee. I was also able to confirm that the state of Oregon Wages and Hours Division has opened a file on Velasquez and are attempting to collect unpaid wages on behalf of at least one or more workers.
If you’re a victim, file a claim with the Oregon Wage and Hours Division. Send it in and the state will do the rest: http://www.oregon.gov/boli/WHD/docs/wageclaim.pdf
If you are owed money and wish to speak to an attorney who specializes in wage recovery, Brian Buchanan may be able to assist you. You will not need to pay him unless there is a recovery, 503-581-4826. Another attorney, David Schuck, will do a free case review, 360-566-9243.
State law requires prompt and timely payment of wages. Don’t let dodge games by deaf con men keep you from collecting your wages.
Like all good con men, Velasquez has a bunch of aliases. Here are some:
US Department of Justice on Velasquez’s guilty plea: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/January/11-crm-100.html
Court judgment and probation terms: http://vrsjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20130722-VelasquezVersonJudgment.pdf
My previous articles on the VRS fraud story: https://lexiecannes.com/?s=vrs+fraud&x=5&y=9
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