6-5-09

Sorry folks, no rescue story today, but we hope you enjoy this…

Jason and Tawnee headed out in a hurry once again. Where could they be going in such a hurry on a Friday?

Soon they were in a parking lot, and met up with Nitin Lal of Channel 12 Action News out of Chico. Where were they, and why did they need the news to come along? You probably guessed it already, a Wal-Mart.

Yes, that is right, the same folks where there, using our name to set up a booth (they did not have any NorCal signs, or signs of any charitable organization) and sell their wares. This Wal-Mart was in Marysville, and the Wal-Mart two days ago was in Yuba City, separated by only a few miles. You would have thought they had learned their lesson…

They were definitely concerned that we where there this time, especially with the news. They were claiming that they were raising funds for “Animals of America.” They stated that Animals of America’s coordinator had called them this morning from Modesto and told them to set up at every Wal-Mart. Funny thing is, we cannot find any signs of a charity named Animals of America, and the book inside Wal-Mart said “NorCal Equine Rescue” signed by Cliff Hoffman. They said we were harassing them and they were going to call the cops on us. Which would have been 5 minutes too late because the Yuba County Sheriff was already on their way.

Nitin asked Cliff Hoffman many questions, which made Cliff very uncomfortable and he stated he was not going to say anything until the camera was turned off.

Two days ago Cliff was telling Marie to be quiet, and kept pulling her away whispering things like “Stop talking!” This time, Marie kept pulling Cliff away and telling him to be quiet.

Nitin got some great interview material while law enforcement was doing their job.

They started packing up in a hurry.

First a deputy came, he interviewed Cliff, the WalMart manager, and NorCal staff. The deputy then called for a sergeant to come provide backup.
Wal-Mart and the sheriff asked Cliff to leave. Wal-Mart was apologetic, but it is absolutely not their fault that a scam artist target NorCal Equine Rescue. This Wal-Mart has portrayed nothing but helpfulness and professionality through this.

Cliff and Marie continued packing their things. They kept looking at Jason and Tawnee with disgusted looks on their face.

At one point Marie wanted to make sure that Jason and Tawnee knew how displeased she was with them. It was quite interesting.

Soon they were all packed up and on their way. Jason and Tawnee said goodbye to the Sheriff and the Walmart Manager and hit the road too.

Now for the fun part! You can see it in action, ActionNews did a great job, we would like to commend Nitin for doing a wonderful job today. He was even shoved around by a little old lady, thankfully he managed to maintain his balance and did not fall.
Click here to watch it online, you will definitely be amazed.

Now, we need your help. We have been hearing from a lot of you that you have been seeing these two characters in a lot
of California. Right on the home page there is a special link to report seeing them, along with full face pictures. We would greatly appreciate any information you can give us. Click here to be taken to the “Report the Scammersweb page.

Please cross post this where ever you can, these people need to be outed and stopped!

This blog is dedicated to the scammers, we will post “Thank you” to the donors and a regular blog on Sunday! Thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated, especially after coming in contact with these guys… Have a great weekend!

0 thoughts on “6-5-09”

  1. Great work by all involved. These scammers will be on the run and we will watch for them in Az. Thank you for everything that you do for these great horses.
    We have a small program here and I have learned a lot from all your hard work to help us.
    God Bless and keep on with your great work.

  2. UNBELIEVEABLE! I THOUGHT I HAD HEARD EVERYTHING TIL I READ THIS! I HAVE NO PROBLEM CALLING THE POLICE ON THEM. I LIVE IN BRENTWOOD IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY AND WE HAVE HAD ALOT OF SCAMMERS WHO HANG OUT AT WALMART HERE OR ANYWHERE THERE IS ALOT OF FOOT TRAFFIC. IT IS SAD. BE CAREFUL AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

  3. This is a post from the news comment section :
    They were at the Anderson Walmart recently and had a coffee can for collecting donations. And yes…………….there was a sign on the coffee can claiming they were fund-raising for NorCal Equine.

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