(March 10, 2007: First rebuttal to Bob MacKay’s posting on scam.com)
I am a long time investor in PowerSki Jetboards. The information circulated on the scam.com website in the “Steer clear of PowerSki International” section is both false, and slanderous without merit or any substantiated proof. I’ve known Bob Montgomery for over 11 years, and I’ve work directly with Bob at PowerSki International for the past 3 years.
Several former and current employees of PowerSki are attempting to bring harm to PowerSki by making claims, outlined in their posting, that have no basis in fact. It’s true that PowerSki isn’t yet EPA approved, but PowerSki’s management has been working to resolve the EPA approval process as quickly as possible. PowerSki is actively searching for investors to help finance the cost of accomplishing this, plus get the PowerSki Jetboard™ into mass production within the next few months. PowerSki has recently signed agreements with several companies to accomplish the transition to mass production, and obtain EPA and CARB approval in the very near future.
It is true that its taken PowerSki longer than necessary to reach the goals they originally set out to achieve, but its been severely, and needlessly, hampered and delayed by the actions these conspirators are perpetrating.
These individuals are involved in a conspiracy to force PowerSki into an untenable financial position in order to potentially take over control of PowerSki. They also claim to be the inventors that originally conceived and built PowerSki when the fact is they are nothing more than disgruntled former employees with an axe to grind. They are also in violation of the non-disclosure agreements they all signed when they started working for PowerSki and are legally liable for their criminal activities in their pursuit of this conspiracy.
These current and former employees, and certain investors, have taken advantage of the trust placed in them as PowerSki employees to illegally obtain corporate financial records, to subversively control both the sales, and marketing of PowerSki through PowerSki’s sales networks and PowerSki’s website. PowerSki knows who these individuals are, and is now in the process of thwarting their activities through legal channels.
PowerSki is currently working diligently to acquire sufficient financing to achieve its goals of EPA-CARB approval and mass production. A number of investors, who are aware of this plot, and know the truth of the situation, are very motivated to help PowerSki reach success. In a very short time the truth will out, and I suggest anyone with an interest in PowerSki investment to contact PowerSki International directly to get the full, unadulterated truth about the status of PowerSki and the investment potential that these conspirators are trying to subvert for their own gain.
You can contact me, Brad Maier, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any attempt to reach PowerSki through email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com will only lead you to the conspirators who are not telling you the truth.
We, at PowerSki International have nothing to hide, and will answer any questions, and truthfully address any concerns you may have about the potential investment opportunities available with PowerSki. We currently have many satisfied and informed investors, dealers, and distributors who can rebut these few criminally motivated individuals as to who is telling the truth, or not.
(July 20, 2010: Second rebuttal to Bob MacKay’s follow up postings on scam.com)
It’s been 3 years since my last posted rebuttal to Mr. MacKay’s original posting in 2007 on the scam.com website accusing Bob, and PowerSki, of improprieties and illegal business practices. Once again I find it necessary to refute Mr. MacKay’s spurious and false accusations. It makes you wonder why a man like Bob MacKay continues to obsess over these issues when in the 3 years since his first posting, nothing he stated has been substantiated to validate his accusations. Mr. MacKay is very talented, knowledgeable and experienced in the use and application of computer technology. If I had his capability, I would have already moved on to other, better, and more lucrative pursuits rather than continue his almost quixotic mission to slander and destroy both Bob and PowerSki International Corp.
First, I’d like to address Mr. MacKay’s claim that the company still owes him money. On 2 occasions in the past 3 years, Mr. MacKay filed grievances over this issue with the California Board of Labor (EDD). I can’t provide you with the specific dates of these mediations because they, like Mr. MacKay, aren’t a priority to me, but they are a matter of public record if you’re interested in reviewing the specific documentation. (This information is also available on request from PowerSki by anyone with a valid, legitimate claim to review it.)
I attended both mediation meetings along with Bob and several other PowerSki employees. Mr. MacKay’s claim of unpaid salary and other compensation was dismissed by the mediator in favor of PowerSki as unsubstantiated and undocumented by the claimant, Mr. MacKay. The 2nd mediation was scheduled after Mr. MacKay persuaded a state claims employee to resubmit his original complaint to the mediation board. When this 2nd meeting was held, the mediator reviewing Mr. MacKay’s file determined that Mr. MacKay had no valid cause to resubmit a claim, and in fact, found that both Mr. MacKay, and the employee who resubmitted that claim had violated established procedure, and that state employee was summarily dismissed.
So, Mr. MacKay not only didn’t win his 2nd attempt to legally extort money from the company, he also caused another person to lose their job by assisting him in pursuit of his futile attempt.
As to the case of Joe Laurente, and his complaint to the EDD, Mr. Laurente DID NOT receive a $300,000 judgment against PowerSki. Mr. Laurente claimed he was owed that amount for unpaid salary and compensation, plus other funds that he had personally loaned to the Bob and PowerSki. When the mediation was first held at the EDD, the mediator refused to continue the process until Mr. Laurente provided documentation in the form of receipts, paycheck stubs, etc. that verified his claim. The mediator gave Mr. Laurente an extra 30 days to present the relevant documentation. When the 30 day continuance passed and the mediation reconvened, Bob and PowerSki provided documentation that refuted Mr. Laurente’s claims while Mr. Laurente brought none of the requested documents to prove his claim.
During Mr. Laurente’s employment at PowerSki, he voluntarily took over handling the company’s accounting. While he did loan some personal money to help PowerSki during several periods of tight cash flow, PowerSki repaid Mr. Laurente all of his loans when more financing became available. But during that same time period when Mr. Laurente was handling the company’s books, he charged numerous items to PowerSki without authorization that he didn’t disclose to Bob, and then after the fact presented Bob with a bill for these items. This was later shown to be part of a devious plan of Mr. Laurente’s to take control of the company for himself and several other parties that included some other former PowerSki employees. He also misappropriated company funds to pay several of his family’s credit cards, and even to make several mortgage payments with PowerSki funds. Bob and PowerSki discovered these facts belatedly, and had sufficient grounds to file criminal charges against Mr. Laurente for embezzlement, but decided not to take that course of action.
Even though the mediator was ready to rule against Mr. Laurente and his claim, Bob decided to reach an agreement with Mr. Laurente to resolve the issue outside of the EDD, and to pay Mr. Laurente a settlement in monthly installments that would total less than a third of the $300,000. While many of us disagreed with Bob’s decision in this matter, that has always been Bob’s nature to try and resolve these sorts of issues in a more peaceful, and forgiving manner. He has always tried to keep moving PowerSki forward toward the goal of successfully manufacturing and marketing the company’s primary product line rather than getting involved in the negativity of reacting to these sorts of aspersions.
The ongoing attempts by people determined to undermine Bob and PowerSki from achieving success have been both debilitating and detrimental to the fund raising to keep the company solvent and to advancing the PowerSki’s progress. Bob, and PowerSki, have had to weather more than one such conspiracy in the past few years. In each case, the parties that were perpetrating their less-than-legal activities have so far been unable to prove any of their allegations of impropriety, nor to successfully achieve their goal of destroying PowerSki, although they’ve come close and made it very hard to move forward while combating their unscrupulous agendas.
Bob MacKay is an active participant in this latest conspiracy. He, in collaboration with several other conspirators around the world, is attempting to sell a knocked-off version of the PowerSki JetBoard™ for their own personal financial gain. They have blatantly stolen the patented and proprietary technology developed by Bob and PowerSki, and in doing so, have committed intellectual property theft on an international scale. Bob, and PowerSki management, have accumulated extensive documentation of their criminal activities, and will be releasing this collated evidence in due course. Once this evidence is made public, all the parties involved in this conspiracy will be subject to prosecution by both domestic and international law enforcement. This is not a threat, but a guarantee that retribution is soon to be delivered on both Mr. MacKay and his fellow cohorts.
Mr. MacKay’s assertion that Bob, and PowerSki, have been misappropriating funds for personal benefit are completely unsubstantiated. If such were the case, Bob, and PowerSki, would have been publicly exposed long ago. Bob, and PowerSki, would not be able to concoct such an obvious fraud if there were creditable evidence to the contrary. All that has been asserted by Mr. MacKay is innuendo without a scrap of proof to the contrary. Even after Mr. MacKay has been discredited by the California State Labor Board, he continues to personally harass Bob and his family with phone calls, emails, and text messages in his self-deluded attempts for personal revenge over issues that only he seems to be aware of. Recently, he sent Bob text messages that I have visible proof exist. Bob made a photo of these texts, and forwarded them to me and other shareholders to show how unstable Mr. MacKay is. Since I’m unable to attach this photo to this rebuttal due to the limitations of this website, I’ve precisely copied the text wording below:
Dated July 14, 2010, 8:07 PM from Bob MacKay:
1. Hornet’s nest stirring time… Let the swarm begin… Where is my money?? What did you do with FUNDS…. ASSETS… HIDING HOMES.. lots of??? ‘s License Agreements and HydroForce.. .. … Where ever you go… Story will follow… Promise..
2. Really can’t wait to release all the NFO to my fellow shareholders and let them see what a scumbag you really are and get what you deserve… GOD ALWAYS HAS A PLAN!!
Does this really sound like the words of a reasonably rational individual or someone with serious mental stability issues? I rest my case.
(If you’d like to see the actual photo made from Bob’s phone, send me your email address, and I’ll forward it to you.)