VENDING SCAMS Coffee Vending Scammer Found Guilty

VENDING SCAMS FL Coffee Vending Scammer Found Guilty.  Another win for the US Department of Justice and the The Postal Inspection Service.

Here’s the press release from the USDOJ:


“WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla ., yesterday found Manuel Rodriguez guilty of fraud in connection with a coffee machine business opportunity scheme, the Justice Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service announced. After a two-week trial in which 14 witnesses took the stand, the jury found Rodriguez guilty on all seven counts submitted to it, one count of conspiracy and six counts of wire fraud. Rodriguez was taken into federal custody upon the jury’s verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for December 7, 2011.
“At trial, witnesses testified that Rodriguez engaged in his scheme through the operation of three companies: M & D Gourmet Coffee Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla ., Coffee Heaven LLC of Deerfield Beach, Fla ., and Divino Trio Coffee & Vending Company of Ft. Lauderdale. The jury heard testimony that the defendant and a co-conspirator made similar misrepresentations to consumers in connection with each of these companies with the same effect – a loss of tens of thousands of dollars per consumer.
“Specifically, victims at trial testified that the defendant and his businesses offered a business package that included coffee machines, locations in which to place those machines, and on-going support and assistance in the operation of a coffee machine business. Witnesses explained that they lost amounts from $15,000 to $192,000 in the scheme. They testified that the defendant told them that their machines would sell enough coffee to recoup their investment in 12 to 18 months, and that this representation was false. Victims also told the jury that while the defendant promised that the coffee machines would be placed in high-quality locations that would generate numerous sales, what was delivered were poor locations which generated few, if any, sales. Some victims testified that they received no machines at all.
“Protecting consumers from financial fraud is one of our top priorities,” said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. “As the jury’s verdict shows, those who prey on people trying to run a small business will be held accountable.”
“We are committed to vigorously prosecuting financial fraud,” said Wifredo Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. “Fraudulent telemarketers must realize that they will be pursued and brought to justice.”
“The Postal Inspection Service has investigated scores of individuals and dozens of companies like the ones involved here, said United States Postal Inspector in Charge, Henry Gutierrez, based in Miami. Those investigations have led to felony convictions and significant terms of incarceration. The American Public must remain vigilant to avoid sophisticated schemes that try to take advantage of our natural desire to prosper by owning businesses like this one.
“Assistant Attorney General West commended the investigative efforts of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission. The case was prosecuted by attorneys John Claud and Matthew Ebert of the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch.”

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9 thoughts on “VENDING SCAMS Coffee Vending Scammer Found Guilty

  • November 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm
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    I am being contacted by a company known as Red Solutions. They are selling the Coffee Scheme and want $5,000 for a license to service coffee machines they promise to place in high volume locations.

    They wont let me speak to anyone who has purchased from them as a reference, until I pay the $5,000.

  • March 18, 2018 at 8:30 am
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    Red Solutions Coffee Vending $5,000 Program Honest Review- I purchased multiple routes from red solutions coffee in December of 2017. From that day forward, NOTHING they promised came true. Fortunately, I have a great reputation and credit rating with my credit card company, and this week, after waiting over 90 days for red solutions vending and their new organizational name… my credit card company refunded my money and they will pursue them legally. To be clear, I was as kind and patient as anyone could be. I sent emails and called everyone… even the owner named Courtney. They just send random emails concerning nothing. Not one person ever replied to me, or answered my concerns. In the end, fortunately I am credible, have outstanding credit and payment history, so my card companies didn’t hold me accountable for what I see, and my card company sees as fraudulent and criminal activity from Red Solutions. Others may not be that fortunate. I have never left a bad review for any company, ever… but I feel it is important people know how they operated with me. All that I can see is that they take money and delay investors until the point they cannot get their money back from the card company. That was my experience.

  • March 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    You are absolutely correct. I fell for the scheme as well. I started with Jerry then was passed off to some named Daphne…..then Courtney the supposed new C.E.O. then I got someone calling themselves Aiden. Unfortunately for me my credit card company says has not worked with me like yours did.

  • March 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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    I just got off the phone with the FTC. They will investigate if enough people complain. The number is 1-877382-4357.

  • March 30, 2018 at 2:40 pm
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    Hello, I was also scammed by Cokepromotions/ Redsolutions. The person who is responsible is name Joseph Zapata. He is behind the whole operation; not Courtney, Charlie, Debbie, Bianca, James, and Kevin. They people are all ex-employees of Joseph.

    I also filed a compliant with the FBI, FTC, and District Attorney Office.

    FYI. Joseph’s current cell number is [redacted] and his last business location is 21900 Burbank Blvd. Suite 300 Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

    He scammed me in late December of 2016. I have been trying to recover my refund from him since than. I received only $320 back from him (latest payment received on 3/26/18 for $100.00). This guy is a piece of work. I have a signed document which he signed to refund my $1,000.00 on February 16, 2018. And of course he failed to honor the contact. I am going to sue him for the refund + attorney fees I incurred while trying to come to some agreement with him.

  • April 25, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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    Redsolutions; Joseph Zapata – S-17-2293-18-SC01 – Statement of Charges

    On 01/11/2018, the Securities Division entered a Statement of Charges and Notice of Intent to Enter Order to Cease and Desist (“Statement of Charges”) against Joseph Zapata (“Zapata”), d/b/a Redsolutions. Redsolutions holds itself out as a commercial coffee route and equipment provider. The company’s Internet website lists an office address in Irvine, California.

    The Statement of Charges alleges that in 2017, Zapata violated the Business Opportunity Fraud Act, RCW 19.100, by offering an unregistered business opportunity. The Statement of Charges also alleges that Zapata violated the Business Opportunity Fraud Act by making untrue and misleading statements and by failing to disclose material risks about the business opportunity that was offered. The Statement of Charges gives notice of the Securities Division’s intent to order Zapata, d/b/a Redsolutions, to cease and desist from violating the Business Opportunity Fraud Act. Zapata may request an administrative hearing on the Statement of Charges.

  • April 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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    Hello, I was also scammed by Cokepromotions/ Redsolutions. The person who is responsible is name Joseph Zapata. He is behind the whole operation; not Courtney, Charlie, Debbie, Bianca, James, and Kevin. They people are all ex-employees of Joseph.

    I also filed a compliant with the FBI, FTC, and District Attorney Office.

    FYI. Joseph’s current cell number is [redacted] and his last business location is 21900 Burbank Blvd. Suite 300 Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

  • May 6, 2018 at 11:27 pm
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    Red Solutions, Resolutions, Coke Programs, Cokeprograms now operating as Pacificprograms.org, Packific Learning Solutions. Same people. Same scams. Now charging $5000 for a ‘course’ Vending, Coffee, Construction. Make up your own mind.

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