Ask, and Ye Shall Receive a Check for Fraud

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Last month, Unfair Park brought you the latest "Yokel Fleeced in Dallas" tale. In this installment, the victim was Temple Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas. As an Arkansas paper explains, Dallas travel agency Pride Travel, Inc. apparently stole $30,000 the church sent in February to pay for a missionary trip to Cambodia. When Singapore Airlines told the church in May that the confirmation number the agency provided was invalid, youth pastor Shane Peters drove to Dallas but found only an empty office. Turns out, the agency had filed for bankruptcy last October.

Fortunately, that's not the end of the story: Peters and senior pastor Don Elmore feared their trip was done for, but after the first reports of their plight, donations began pouring in from around the country, to the tune of $50,000 and counting. On Sunday, the 25-strong contingent from Temple Baptist left on schedule for their trip to Cambodia, using tickets the church purchased directly from the airline and bearing extra food aid bought with the donated cash.


The church has its happy ending, but what of the alleged con artist? Pride Travel's Web site is still up and still displaying a Better Business Bureau symbol, though it isn't listed in the Dallas-area membership directory. The Dallas phone numbers on the site no longer work, however, since owners Greg Corley and his mom Charlotte have pulled up stakes and moved the bankrupt agency to Phoenix, according to their lawyer. Their e-mail address, however, still works, and in response to our inquiry, the agency sent this message last week: "A refund posted to the church's credit card last night in the amount of 3520.00 as this was the amount that was paid on with [sic] their credit card. A cashier's check was mailed on Monday for the balance." Sounds like the Corleys have atoned for their sins—except that Peters says the refund was from the Visa fraud protection department, not Corley. And the check? As of today, seems to be still in the mail. Peters says Dallas police have told him Temple Baptist isn't the only victim.


In an ironic twist, Pride Travel won the 2006 Reader's Choice award from the Dallas Lambda Pages, a gay information directory, even though Corley filed for bankruptcy in October 2005. The good church folks only recently found out exactly what kind of pride the agency specialized in, despite the fact that the company's logo is a globe superimposed on an inverted lavender triangle. Had the church deciphered the symbolism, Pride Travel may not have been its first choice, but it wouldn't have necessarily ruled out the agency, according to Peters. "We're not going to hold that against any person or business," he says. Seems it's just the fraud they don't take kindly to. --Rick Kennedy


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x74760
x74760

Looks like these 2 are still up to their old tactics.  If anyone needs any documentation/history of their actions between March and August 2013 give me a call.  If you are considering doing any business with these two you should probably give me a call as well.

Mike

Blue Willow Property Mgmt

214-771-8237


Hooch533
Hooch533

I have been paid for services that I was owed for. I should have posted that on this site the end of Feb 2013 when I was paid.


Hooch533

626-354-5424

TempleBaptistChurch
TempleBaptistChurch

Greg

Thanks for the update. I am very sorry for the problems you are experiencing. On a spiritual note, if you have confessed your sin to God it is already forgiven and forgotten. God does not hold grudges nor does He hold back forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Confession is all that is necessary to get forgiveness.

As to sending us more money that is not necessary. We have wiped your slate clean (forgiven your debt) and you no  longer owe us any money.

Thanks

Don  

hooch533
hooch533

Looks like I'm going to be the next corley victim .... as of 02-1-13 there back in the dallas area (Garland) I think. If anyone has any questions about him or his mother please call 626-354-5424 , thanks

hooch533
hooch533

Looks like I'm going to be the next corley victim .... as of 02-1-13 there back in the dallas area (Garland) I think. If anyone has any questions about him or his mother please call 626-354-5424 , thanks

Sales
Sales

If anyone is looking for these two, they're now on the big island of Hawaii----  working under the name of Platinum Travel,LLC

Pride Travel ex
Pride Travel ex

They are now located in Fort Lauderdale and still reeking havoc with former employees by filing fraudulent charges against them to take the heat off the Corley's! Greg Corley CAN be found on Facebook too!!!

Janelle
Janelle

They owe us alot of money on open invoices. How do I get our re-imbursement!!?

Corley Victim
Corley Victim

our company is one of the latest victims.  They are currently in the Metro LA Area. Need help from other victims anywhere in the US to have the local Police Detectives working on this case give it the priority it needs. The more victims the better. Send me your contact information to findcorley@gmail.com   Please type "Corley" in subject line Together lets stop these people.

Rarcher
Rarcher

if anyone has any questions about greg corley I can be reached at 818 236-4250 or rarcher@archertravel.com  

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