(Unhappy Franchisee) Cuppy’s Coffee franchise owners and Java Jo’z licensees and depositers: The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants your help.
Numerous victims of the Cuppy’s Coffee franchise fiasco report having recently received letters requesting information and documentation regarding alleged wrongdoing and allegations of fraud in connection with the sale of Java Jo’z and Cuppy’s Coffee business opportunities.
The letter and accompanying questionaire was sent by SBA Victim Specialist [redacted], U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI-Jacksonville, FL. [If you’d like [redacted] full contact information, please email ADMIN at unhappyfranchisee[at]gmail.com]
Whether you received a letter or not, if you believe you are a victim of Java Jo’z or Medina Enterprises Cuppy’s Coffee, you are invited to call [redacted] or go to a designated website to register. Victims will be provided a pin # which they can use to access case information and updates.
FBI Agent [redacted]’s voicemail greeting at the provided number seems to indicate that the Cuppy’s Coffee / Java Jo’z investigation is her priority:
You have reached [redacted] of the Jacksonville Division…
If you have received a questionaire pertaining to Cuppy’s Coffee and/or Java Jo’z, please complete the questionaire to the best of your ability. Once completed, please return the questionaire to the Federal Bureau of Investigation… Attention [redacted]. If you are in need of financial assistance, please listen to the entire recording. To leave a message, please press 1 and leave your name, case number, and a number where you can be reached and I’ll return your call as soon as I can…
Are you a franchise owner or depositer of Cuppy’s Coffee or Java Jo’z? Have you received correspondence from Federal investigators? Please share a comment or message below.
Not familiar with Java Jo’z or Cuppy’s Coffee? Franchise writer Sean Kelly first began reporting early in 2007 about allegations of fraud regarding the sale of Java Jo’z drive thru coffee licensing opportunities by businessman Roy Snowden. When Roy Snowden was convicted of tax fraud later that year, he sold the assets of Java Jo’z to Medina Enterprises Inc., owned by Robert “Morg” Morgan. Sean Kelly’s UnhappyFranchisee.Com website and franchise news site BlueMauMau.org aggressively reported on allegations of fraud, deception and outright theft by Morgan’s Medina Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Cuppy’s Coffee and Elite Manufacturing.
In April, 2008 Fransynergy, Inc., owned by franchise consultant Robert Dale Nabors, purchased the assets and liabilities of the troubled Medina Enterprises, Inc., Cuppy’s Coffee, and its subsidiaries. UnhappyFranchisee.com and BlueMauMau.org continued to report on ongoing allegations of fraud and theft under Nabor’s ownership Lawsuits ensued. Shortly thereafter, Nabors abandoned the company, leaving scores of franchisees on the hook for millions in loans and lease payments but no stores, equipment or support with which to repay them. Dale Nabors and his wife Natalie Nabors were arrested in 2009 in Muscle Shoals, AL for passing worthless checks.
Michael Webster, franchise attorney and contributer to both UnhappyFranchisee.com and BlueMauMau.org’s Cuppy’s Coffee reports, has estimated that “there are some 200 or more franchise owners out there who have been convinced to hand over $30 million of their money to Cuppy’s [Coffee].”
Read our Blogiliography of Cuppy’s Coffee posts at: CUPPY’S COFFEE OVERVIEW
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