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  1. jbdubz's Avatar
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    Nov 18, 2016, 2:34 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #101

    Quote kniveschau said: View Post
    After We exchanged texts in early 2015, things got weird...
    would love to hear the rest of this...

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    Nov 18, 2016, 3:06 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #102

    and this too kniveschau said: "only one of the vendor problems I'm having at the moment"...

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    would love to hear the rest of this...
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    Nov 18, 2016, 3:52 PM - #103

    Quote jbdubz said: View Post
    Quote kniveschau said: View Post
    After We exchanged texts in early 2015, things got weird...
    would love to hear the rest of this...
    it was like a bizarro commission....like he was working backwards. With each update he was getting further away from completing.
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    Nov 18, 2016, 3:57 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #104

    Quote kniveschau said: View Post
    it was like a bizarro commission....like he was working backwards. With each update he was getting further away from completing.

    Funny! 3 days before he was supposed to finish my helmet he stripped it completely, re-primed it and shipped it to Eric so he could paint it! In the real world my helmet never had a drop of paint applied in over 2 years. If you look at my build thread the pictures he sent of my helmet are clearly now of someone else's...
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    Nov 18, 2016, 4:52 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #105

    I orignally paid with paypal. Obviously I can't do a claim now since It has been so long. How does one proceed with legal action?
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    Nov 18, 2016, 5:21 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #106

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    I orignally paid with paypal. Obviously I can't do a claim now since It has been so long. How does one proceed with legal action?

    You first need to send a certified letter by a lawyer stating the return of your money do to the timeframe and no service being completed, if that doesn't work then u can take the issue to small claims court , but u Must send the certified letter first before u can go to court it is required to have before it can go to small claims then your good to go.Most people that get the certified letter most always try to settle up before court it would be impossible for any of theses people not to get there money with your proof of the transaction and no service or goods recieved,... the vendor will lose and if he doesn't pay or show for that then it goes further...that's a whole other story though....
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    Nov 18, 2016, 7:05 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #107

    I just want my helmet back, all the financial stuff, and other going on in his life is one thing, BUT I WANT MY KIT BACK. Whilst it is in his possession and not mine without my permission, it is STOLEN GOODS. End of story
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    Nov 18, 2016, 7:21 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #108

    The saddest thing is without my helm i can't finish my build, so this ******* has effectively taken from me 2 years of work (and $$$) toward my build. Also didnt ol' Riccardo do the commission work for ANOVOS's Fett Helmet last year at SD, so he's out there working folks. Wonder if he stuffed them around like the rest of us ..

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f22/f...-helmet-52780/
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    Nov 18, 2016, 7:46 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #109

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    I just want my helmet back, all the financial stuff, and other going on in his life is one thing, BUT I WANT MY KIT BACK. Whilst it is in his possession and not mine without my permission, it is STOLEN GOODS. End of story
    Thats where I'm at, but he has everything of mine except the JP, to include a not so cheap Clothears flight suit and vest that I had to wait 8 months to get in the first place. Nevermind almost $400 worth of metal parts from Dakota and MOW boots.
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    Nov 18, 2016, 7:49 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #110

    So sorry to hear this brutha, I've a tonne of spares so let me know what you need and ll send u stuff, no cost.

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    Thats where I'm at, but he has everything of mine except the JP, to include a not so cheap Clothears flight suit and vest that I had to wait 8 months to get in the first place. Nevermind almost $400 worth of metal parts from Dakota and MOW boots.
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    Nov 18, 2016, 9:17 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #111

    I just want to be finished dealing with Rick.

    collector, do you even know if Rick ordered your parts or just kept the money?

    hunter930 and flame chicken I suggest you ask for your stuff back ASAP and get your items to actual painters.
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    Nov 18, 2016, 9:22 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #112

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    I just want to be finished dealing with Rick.

    collector, do you even know if Rick ordered your parts or just kept the money?

    hunter930 and flame chicken I suggest you ask for your stuff back ASAP and get your items to actual painters.
    I have been for the last two weeks via text and FB with no luck. I can tell through FB messenger that he's been on FB (earlier today) as well, but no reply.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 12:26 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #113

    Quote rnbuda said: View Post
    I just want to be finished dealing with Rick.

    collector, do you even know if Rick ordered your parts or just kept the money?

    hunter930 and flame chicken I suggest you ask for your stuff back ASAP and get your items to actual painters.
    I ordered all of the stuff myself and let it ship to Rick.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 1:08 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #114

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    So sorry to hear this brutha, I've a tonne of spares so let me know what you need and ll send u stuff, no cost.
    I really appreciate the offer, but Rick's not getting off that easy. Someone else's goodwill shouldn't have to cover for Rick's issues.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 1:32 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #115

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    I ordered all of the stuff myself and let it ship to Rick.
    hell, depending on the total price of your gear plus commission, at least in Arizona, what's been mentioned in this thread are class 6 - class 3 felony theft charges. legal representation isn't even necessary in that case. not sure if the fact that the theft is occurring across state lines but something tells me it makes things just a bit worse... something called wire fraud i believe, 18 United States Code section 1343, and is a federal offense.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 1:55 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #116

    Someone needs to go and knock on his door and get everyones kit back
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    Nov 19, 2016, 8:59 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #117

    Potentially that could be a very sensible idea and might at least get a lot of you half way there. It's obviously not ideal but would seem preferable to the status quo.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 9:30 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #118

    I think something needs to be done. While Rick did make a new thread there were no answers or clarity when costumers can expect their items/refunds back or completed commissions. The complete lack of communication is unbelievable, especially when you look at the $ amount he's taken from customers up front.

    While I don't know what the laws in VA are for theft, fraud, etc I'm almost positive there are legal avenues as a group that could be made. While an unfortunate turn that would be, Rick can't even jump on here more than once a month to explain to his customers or the community what's been going on. I think all of us that gave Rick money in 2014 are owed why he didn't work on our commissions and allowed a back log to fill up to this point.

    I hope everyone will get your stuff back and refunds in due time. Rick once again (past his original promise) that my knees would ship Monday (11/21). He also promised another customer that a completed helmet would also ship Monday (11/12). At this point I don't believe anything he tells me, nor should any of his customers. I'm honestly surprised he hasn't been banned yet. He has taken over $21,000 in commissions with no means of paying anyone back during his current employment situation and goes weeks in the dark without communicating to customers. If he refuses to start returning kits then I believe he's crossed the line to allow legal action and he can blame no one but himself.

    It's time to Pay the Pied Piper.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 9:34 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #119

    I had no idea that this many members have their kits stuck with him. Wow. I'd be so pissed. Just send the kits back! That's all everyone wants sounds like. Jeez.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 9:40 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #120

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    I had no idea that this many members have their kits stuck with him. Wow. I'd be so pissed. Just send the kits back! That's all everyone wants sounds like. Jeez.
    I want my knees back Monday painted or unpainted. I also want my $550 I gave him 2 years ago for a helmet paint up. I won't be letting either of them go until he takes responsibility for his actions.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 9:43 AM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #121

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    I want my knees back Monday painted or unpainted. I also want my $550 I gave him 2 years ago for a helmet paint up. I won't be letting either of them go until he takes responsibility for his actions.
    I wouldn't give up or let it go either! I think there are enough people involved that this can and will be made right.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 1:31 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #122

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    I wouldn't give up or let it go either! I think there are enough people involved that this can and will be made right.
    Sorry if my comment seemed negative towards you. I'm 100% frustrated with Rick and his behavior.

    I hope this ends well but I have a feeling it's going to end with people getting their kits back and Rick stealing a lot of money.
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    Nov 19, 2016, 1:48 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #123

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    Nov 19, 2016, 2:14 PM - Re: Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #124

    Quote rnbuda said: View Post
    Sorry if my comment seemed negative towards you. I'm 100% frustrated with Rick and his behavior.

    I hope this ends well but I have a feeling it's going to end with people getting their kits back and Rick stealing a lot of money.
    Nah man you're good! Didn't come across negative at all. Cheers bro
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    Nov 19, 2016, 2:34 PM - Warning: Issues with Rick Ponte / Ponteworks #125

    Sigh.....I don't want to call anyone out or volunteer anyone but there is only one person I know of within driving distance of Ponte. The ONLY one that got his full kit painted and it would be a great service to the community if he communicated with Ponte and worked something out with the members here to get their stuff back. I don't know how we would be able to get our money back if Ponte is completely broke from his circumstances.
    please don't ask him to do that. i understand everyone's frustration and the need to reach a solution but this should not even be an option.


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