Kerry Sylvester is touted as the founder and minority owner of Graze Craze, the controversial franchise investment being promoted by United Franchise Group (UFG) and networks of franchise brokers including IFPG, Frannet, Transworld Business Advisors (TWA) and FBA. Oklahoma Court Records and a PACER search reveal red flags about the solvency of Graze Craze… and whether UFG made all required disclosures to franchisees. by Sean Kelly
The initial Graze Craze Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) issued in 2021 disclosed neither founder Kerry Sylvester nor business and life partner (boyfriend?) James Adam Jenkins (aka J.A. Jenkins of Newcastle, OK).
After Unhappy Franchisee informed state regulators of this (and other errors and omissions), UFG submitted a revised FDD that included Kerry Sylvester as “Area Representative.”
Both 20221/22 FDD Item 2 Experience sections state that Kerry Sylvester is:
President of Graze Craze Franchising Partners, LLC, an Oklahoma limited liability company formed in February 2021, an area representative of GCZ beginning in July 2021 which sells GCZ franchises and provides support to franchisees in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Chief Executive Officer of Graze Craze, Inc. since February 2020 which operates GCZ affiliate stores in Oklahoma and Florida
Neither the 2021 nor 2022 FDDs Disclose a Bankruptcy or Litigation for Kerry Sylvester
A search of court records on the Oklahoma Courts website and PACER reveal some disturbing potential material omissions on the part of United Franchise Group (UFG) as well as misleading and deceptive representations.
Is United Franchise Group (UFG) Hiding Kerry Sylvester’s Bankruptcy?
The FTC requires franchisors to disclose any bankruptcies of those disclosed in FDD Item 2 within the past ten years.
We have found a 2013 Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing for a Kerry L. Sylvester who lived in Moore, Oklahoma at that time.
The bankruptcy filing lists the debtor’s occupation as Legal Assistant at Chesapeake Operating, Inc.
The Graze Craze 2021 FDD states that their Kerry Sylvester was “Litigation Support Specialist at Chesapeake Energy from 2012 to 2013”
Are Graze Craze & UFG Hiding Evictions & Financial Problems?
In October, 2021 marketing company Insight Creative Group sued for breach of contract & fraud over $39,000 of work performed that Graze Craze hadn’t paid them for.
Oklahoma Court records reveal default judgements for unpaid rent and evictions served on Kerry Sylvester and Graze Craze.
Properties in dispute include:
- 720 N. Main St., Newcastle, OK 73065
- 405 NW 7th St. &/or 805 N. Hudson., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
- 423 West Stonewood Drive, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
Graze Craze Co-Founder Kerry Sylvester’s Bankruptcy & Court Records
NOTE: This list is public information from the Oklahoma Courts System & PACER. Not all of these charges ended with a conviction. We have removed items related to domestic abuse, protection from abuse orders, divorce & family court actions.
|Oklahoma Western Bankruptcy Court5:2013bk14032 Kerry L. Sylvester (Debtor)
Home Address*: 2200 S. Santa Fe, #103, Moore, OK 73160 SSN / ITIN: xxx-xx-8179
Owns: 405 W. 36th Street S, Sand Springs, Oklahoma 74063
Employer: Chesapeake Operating, Inc. 6100 N. Western Ave.
* Personal information included to verify that this is the correct Kerry L. Sylvester
|10/18/2021||McClain||SC-2021-00209 TOM BERNARD, ET. AL. V. KERRY SYLVESTER, ET. AL.
1. FORCIBLE ENTRY AND DETAINER UNDER $5000 ($2200) 720 N. Main St., Newcastle, OK 73065
|03/04/2022||Oklahoma||CJ-2022-1000 Heritage Hills Apartments, Inc. v. Kerry Sylvester
Issue: FORCIBLE ENTRY & DETAINER (ENTRY) DEFAULT JUDGMENT TO THE PLTF FOR POSSESSION AS PER JE. MONEY DAMAGES ARE RESERVED FOR CJ JUDGE RE:
405 NW 7th St. &/or 805 N. Hudson., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
“Defendant is currently in default for the months of November, 2021 through March, 2022 inclusive in the amount of $14,508.48.”
|10/21/2021||Oklahoma||CJ-2021-4484 Insight Creative Group, Inc. v. Graze Craze, Inc.
Issue: BREACH OF AGREEMENT – CONTRACT (CONTRACT)
“Plaintiff demands judgment against the Defendant for the amount of
|11/15/2021||SC-2021-11110 Roland Investments, Ltd v. Graze Craze. Incorporated
FORCIBLE ENTRY & DETAINER >$5000.00. (SCFED2) AMOUNT IN DEBT OF $6,623.60 + POSS RE: 423 West Stonewood Drive, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 Disposed: JUDGEMENT FOR PLAINTIFF, 12/02/2021. Default Judgment
RE: Broken Arrow Location
Is Graze Craze Lying That the Broken Arrow Location is “Coming Soon!”?
The Graze Craze website lists a location at 423 West Stonewood Drive, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 as “Coming Soon!”
However, according to Oklahoma Court documents, landlord Roland Investment LTD served and posted an eviction notice on the Graze Craze at 423 West Stonewood Drive, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 .
We’re not sure if the Broken Arrow location on West Stonewood Drive ever opened for business, but a Yelp! page with a single review indicates it may have.
Court documents indicate that Kerry Sylvester was served with eviction papers for 423 West Stonewood Drive, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 back in November, 2021:
1) Unsuccessful Attempt: Nov 16. 2021, 12:57 pm CST at Company: 720 N MAIN STREET. NEWCASTLE , OK 73065
MADE CONTACT WITH THE STORE MANAGER WHO ADVISED KERRY WAS NOT PRESENT AT THIS TIME. HE GAVE ME HER CELL PHONE
NUMBER AND I LEFT
2) Unsuccessful Attempt: Nov 16, 2021, 1:07 pm CST at 3573 RIVERFRONT DR, NEWCASTLE, OK 73065
WHITE 4DR NISSAN SUV PRESENT BEARING TAG JVH028 (OK). LIGHTS ON IN THE HOUSE. KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND A DOG
BARKED TWICE THEN IT DID NOT BARK AGAIN. KNOCKED ON THE DOOR SEVERAL MORE TIMES AND RECEIVED NO ANSWER NOR
DIDI HEAR A DOG BARK AGAIN. TRIED CALLING THE PHONE NUMBER PROVIDED TO ME BY THE MANAGER OF THE STORE THE
DEFENDANT OWNS. [redacted] AND AGAIN RECEIVED NO ANSWER.
3) Successful Attempt: Nov 18, 2021, 7:27 pm CST at 3573 RIVERFRONT DR, NEWCASTLE, OK 73065 received by GRAZE CRAZE,
INCORPORATED. Two vehicles present. White SUV and a black Dodge pickup. Knocked on the door, received no response from anyone In the residence, Dog on the
couch barked for approx 2 minutes, Posted documents to the door and took photos.
Note: UnhappyFranchisee.Com invites any individuals and companies (including UFG, Graze Craze, J.A. Jenkins & Kerry Sylvester) discussed on our site to provide corrections, clarifications, explanations & rebuttals which we will give priority attention. We invite alternative opinions and interpretations in the spirit of free and open discussion. We share public information and anonymous tips to better help you conduct your own investigations. Please do your own thorough due diligence.
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