The Real Yeves Perez
A friend of mine joked and said that Yeves Perez might be a “Mini-Madoff” (Bernie Madoff) and I am now beginning to think that could be a possibility……..
***Have you been victimized by this con artist? Be sure to tell your story below in the comments. Someone needs to stop this guy ASAP!***
CLICK FOR MOST RECENT UPDATE: June 2013: He’s Back At the Con Game
Also, looks like he is on to a new scam: Chevy Volt Sales Trainer https://www.facebook.com/ChevyVoltSalesTrainer and also w0rking on “BigBike”.
All of us have lessons to learn, that’s what life is all about. In May of 2010, I loaned a large amount of money to a friend/business colleague, and it taught me a lesson that was hard to swallow. Now, I chalked it up to a bad business/personal decision and moved on (I could not afford to waste anymore time dealing with his stories and blatant lies why he was unable to pay me back), UNTIL I came across other people in the business community that have been conned by the same individual. This is something that I could not just sit back and watch, as I feel it is bound to keep happening to other innocent, unsuspecting people.
His first company that he supposedly started back in 2003 on Myspace, no less, (http://www.myspace.com/ecoinvestmentclub) is now just a broken link: http://www.ecoinvestmentclub.com/ I have colleagues that actually paid dues to be a member of this “Investment Club”, yet never gained any benefits what-so-ever.
Here is a quote from someone who checked out one of the meetings, and has also had to deal with him in a bad business transaction:
The “Eco Investment Club” is a joke. That’s how I met Yeves, at one of the meetings. I was pretty enchanted by the concept, being at the launch of a green business at the time, but quickly learned that there were no investments happening there, just talk. Still, I put faith in Yeves because he seemed so passionate – and I believe he is still. I think he has such a tunnel vision of growing his business that he isn’t careful about who he stomps on along the way, and doesn’t realize that what he’s doing ISN’T WORKING. If you are having to borrow money from colleagues, (especially being the “CEO” of an “investment club”), maybe it’s time to re-think strategy. -Local San Diego Business Owner
Yeves Perez was then the CEO and the “Face” of an exciting, new co-working and flex-space campus in San Diego designed to provide green entrepreneurs with a unique professional space to collaborate, grow and thrive. As an incubator for small green businesses, they anticipate playing an important role furthering San Diego’s position as a center for cleantech, water conservation, green building, and other sectors. I don’t want to mention the exact name since they have completely severed ties with Mr. Yeves Perez and are trying to recover from all of the damage he has caused in the past year with this new venture. It is an amazing concept and I am so very glad that they are able to move on and enjoy the success that they deserve. Yeves went long enough posing as this organization sole leader and Founder, only to find out that there are three brilliant guys behind the scenes that came up with the venture and funded everything.
***UPDATE: He “resigned” as CEO as of Mid-Feb after being arrested on Feb 16th, 2011 for the embezzlement charges.
As for the HARD FACTS…
Yeves Perez was not just a business friend of mine, but a personal friend, so when he had asked to borrow a large amount of money (thousands) back on May 1st, I had full confidence that he would pay me back within three weeks, like he promised. (Looking back, it should have been suspicious that he called me the EXACT day I closed escrow on selling my company, I did not even have the money wired into my account yet!) He said he needed it for moving expenses for his new home that he was moving into that week and also for payroll (he only has one employee on his payroll that I am aware of).
So a full month went by and not a single payment or call from Yeves. When I finally reached out to call him the excuses started coming (and never stopped). To be honest, it became quite humorous to see if he was able to keep coming up with excuse-after-excuse for 45 days straight, as you will see in the following text messages. I even offered to let him make payments, but no response to that. Nearly 6 months later, and despite involving a lawyer and a collection agency, I have yet to see a single penny!!
Here is a link to the ACTUAL text messages (there were phone calls in between some of these):http://therealyevesperez.com/texting-a-web-of-lies
…..I turned him into a collection agency on Aug. 10th. He has yet to pay A DIME, but at least I know it will be reported on his credit.
I recently came into contact with someone who had a similarly negative experience with Yeves Perez and she agreed to share her story. She is a local green designer who entrusted him with multiple items from her product line, with the promise of being paid via Paypal. After several attempts to collect the money, she was also bombarded with a long list of excuses as to why he was unable to pay her the $150 he owed this struggling business owner and single mom.
Among his excuses for taking about two months to fulfill his obligation to pay for the products he purchased were the following (real exchanges from Yeves Perez – name has been changed for designer’s protection): http://therealyevesperez.com/another-victim-sarah/
Gosh, my debt with him was much higher, but maybe if I was more persistent, I would have seen results. I am an overall nice person, so I know he had NO INTENTION of paying me back from the very start! How could he lie to my face when I handed him the check? How could he actually sign something say he was to pay me back?