THE JANITORIAL AGENCY Employees Named in Racketeering Lawsuit

Employees & associates of The Janitorial Agency are prominently featured in YouTube videos promoting the business opportunities and franchise support of the Lansing, MI-based company.

Now they are also prominently featured in a class-action lawsuit claiming that they and their employer are running an unscrupulous scheme that preys on the hopes and dreams of would-be business owners.

The class-action lawsuit alleges that the defendant’s predatory investment scheme violated both the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and Michigan’s Franchise Investment Law.

The defendants  named in the lawsuit are:

THE JANITORIAL AGENCY CORP. (TJAC)

THE JANITORIAL AGENCY FRANCHISE SYSTEMS CORP (TJAFSC)

THE JANITORIAL AGENCY SYSTEMS CORP (TJASC)

STEPHEN CONNOR aka Steve Connor, co-founder, co-owner, and president

CHARLES CAREY aka Dan Carey co-founder, co-owner, and chief executive officer

LINDA SHELL, Administrative Supervisor

STACEY ARMSTRONG-CAREY, VP of franchise development and human resources

LISA WELLS, Web and Creative Designer

LISA HOESL, Executive Marketing Assistant

CAROL DAVIS, Technology Director

BRENT CHAPMAN, Franchise Director

JOE GAUTHIER, National Sales Director

AARON PFAU, Video Coordinator (Video Director)

CHRISTIAN SWANSON, Marketing Executive

DENISE SHATTUCK, Marketing and Account Manager

JAMES SMITH, Marketing Executive

MICHELLE SCHUMACHER, Account Executive

JONATHAN GLASS, Senior Writer, Public Relations

KYLE MAURER, Technology Director

ROSANNA ALDRICH, Marketing Assistant

SUE BOWERS, Training and Consulting Director

TIMOTHY BLACK, Marketing Executive

CALVIN RANDOLPH, Marketing Assistant (Executive Business Consultant)

LOVEDIE PIERRE, Marketing Assistant

JASON VAWTER, Business Consultant

DENNIS KOCSIS, VP of franchise development

BRANDEE LINDNER, Executive Assistant

MEGAN HUNT, Executive Assistant

KEN VAN EVERY, VP of the master franchise program, Operations Director

DAVE HARCUS, Marketing Executive

REGINA HINOJOSA, Executive Marketing Assistant

EVAN GRIFFITHS, Marketing Executive

GABE THEURER, Public Relations

JEFF LORENCEN, Marketing Executive

CALVIN RANDOLPH, Marketing Assistant

LOGAN SCHULTZ, Marketing Assistant

For more information on the allegations of the class-action lawsuit, read THE JANITORIAL AGENCY Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Fraud, Racketeering.

The lawsuit was filed July 10, 2013 in Michigan Western District Court by attorney Jonathan Fortman on behalf unit franchisees Walter Hollins of Michigan, Kemondie Patterson of Virginia, Rosa Pizzo of Florida, and “all others similarly situated in the United States of America whom have purchased a franchise(s) from The Janitorial Agency.”

Among other allegations, the class action lawsuit alleges that The Janitorial Agency, Connor, Carey, their affiliates, associates and employees violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (“RICO”) Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c).

If you believe you are a victim of The Janitorial Agency and would like information on possibly joining the class action suit, contact Fortman Law.

If you are a defendant, franchisee, employee, friend or associate of The Janitorial Agency and think the lawsuit is without merit, your comments are welcome.

The Janitorial Agency has been offered the chance to provide a rebuttal, clarification or other statement for publication on UnhappyFranchisee.Com.

Also read:  THE JANITORIAL AGENCY Scam or No Scam?

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE JANITORIAL AGENCY, STEVE CONNER, DAN CAREY OR THE OTHER DEFENDANTS??  WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

Contact UnhappyFranchisee.com

DISCLOSURE:  The attorney discussed in this post, Jonathan Fortman, participates in our Franchise Attorney Directory.

TAGS:  The Janitorial Agency, The Janitorial Agency lawsuit, The Janitorial Agency scam, Steve Conner, Stephen Conner, Steve Connor, Dan Carey, STEPHEN CONNOR, CHARLES CAREY, LINDA SHELL, STACEY ARMSTRONG-CAREY, LISA WELLS, LISA HOESL, CAROL DAVIS, BRENT CHAPMAN, JOE GAUTHIER, AARON PFAU, CHRISTIAN SWANSON, DENISE SHATTUCK, JAMES SMITH, MICHELLE SCHUMACHER, JONATHAN GLASS, KYLE MAURER, ROSANNA ALDRICH, SUE BOWERS, TIMOTHY BLACK, CALVIN RANDOLPH, LOVEDIE PIERRE, JASON VAWTER, DENNIS KOCSIS, BRANDEE LINDNER, MEGAN HUNT, DAVE HARCUS, REGINA HINOJOSA, EVAN GRIFFITHS, GABE THEURER, JEFF LORENCEN, KYLE MAURER, KENNETH VAN EVERY, LOGAN SCHULTZ

7 thoughts on “THE JANITORIAL AGENCY Employees Named in Racketeering Lawsuit

  • October 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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    I have never in my life had anything like this to happen to me. I’ve heard of this kind of stuff happening to others. They are so wrong for doing this to hard working people who are just trying to make things happen for their families. They even had the nerves to speak about Jesus . I’m very disappointed in this company. I have forgiven them, I do expect them to pay for what they have done. They should be closed and never be able to do business ever! They are rude and try to get out of giving the business they promised. They send you on bogus walk throughs,. There is a JUDGEMENT DAY COMING , and I am reminded that, everyone has to stand before God and give an account of what was , said and done and even our thoughts. TJA, do what’s right and turn yourselves in to the authorities today (10/30/13)

  • July 11, 2014 at 10:02 am
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    My family and I gave them 20,000.00 dollar to start a franchise. We never once got any help from them once they got their money it was hard to get in contact with them. We tried to get are money back but they wouldn’t hear of it . We are not a rich family and was trying to start a way to for the family to make extra money to help provide money to are young family members for school and training. We thought this sounded good and went for it but never did get any kind of support from this company. All we want is our money back so we can try other sources of business.

  • July 12, 2014 at 5:55 am
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    @John, Though I am truly sorry about what has happened to YOU and YOUR Family and the suffering that a liar, cheat, thief, con-man aka Steve (Bull) Conner and his brother in-law Dan Carey have done to dozens/hundreds of people…I must ask a simple question? WHY didn’t you “Google” his name, the name of his company, the comments on multiple forums including this one and even on LinkedIn. SEE the Walter Hollins story as told by Ed Selkow and Walter Hollins himself about Steve (Bull) Conner.

    Fortman has already filed a lawsuit and has made these atrocities part of the public record in the State of Michigan and technically throughout the U.S.

    Again, SORRY for your loss, but in all honesty, YOU should have done better research!

  • January 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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    In response to your advice to my son John, please note we did google and look at reviews ahead of time. So note at the time the
    reviews we found were favorable. so note that the reviews we found later were bogus and we ate and active plaintiff in this
    class action. What you find depends on timing and can be bogus
    as we found out later. So suggesting google
    may not always produce accurate results.

  • April 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    If they were found guilty…
    Why is it that IRS and Treasury
    Dept were the only ones paid and
    They did not invest a dime and
    We the taxpayers invested money we had
    Already paid taxes on………

  • October 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    What lawsuit? This has to end. This Lawyer, J. Fornntman, and his staff (paid bloggers) are reporting false claims about the businesses and its members. It seems he would stop pursuing us since his class action lawsuit was dismissed, thrown out and only had one client show up. It tells you that all he wants to do is find ways to make money off people that are successful. He did it to the competitors and won and I guess he and his little-paid assistants are mad that they lost to us. I would think this should be the end of it, but I guess not. At this point, these attacks have become defamation and are based completely on false information. And a lawyer that goes after employees? thousands of clients and how many showed up, one!

  • October 27, 2017 at 11:25 am
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    Dear Mr. Carey:

    Your post is laughable for the blatant misrepresentation of the facts. However, what should one expect from a man who has defrauded hundreds, if not thousands, of people across the country. The lawsuit was only dismissed because you and your partner, Steve Conner, had already squandered the money you made from your scheme and were subject to thousands upon thousands of dollars of liens from the IRS. Why is it that your company suddenly ceased operations as soon as our case was filed only to establish other businesses to continue the web of deception (i.e. Carey & Conner Consulting)? Even though my clients recovered nothing and I received no compensation for the hundreds of hours spent unraveling your web of lies, we all take great satisfaction that we stopped you from defrauding more innocent, hard-working people. Unfortunately, you learned nothing from that experience as I continue to hear from others about your dubious practices. You know that because I have represented some of them. There has been no defamation of you, Mr. Conner, or your business practices. Only the truth.

    Jonathan E. Fortman
    Attorney at Law
    250 St. Catherine Street
    Florissant, Missouri 63031
    (314) 522-2312
    jef@fortmanlaw.com

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