‘Energy Rebate’ firm suspected of scamming Coloradans
Grand Junction Free Press
GRAND JUNCTION ” An elderly Grand Junction widow believes she was unfairly denied a $4,000 rebate from National Energy Rebate Fund, a business owned by Tim Stubbs of Grand Junction. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit last week against the company to seek restitution for Elsie Tailleur and others like her.
Michelle and Tim Gossage, also of Grand Junction, did not receive a rebate worth $8,874 despite following detailed rebate application instructions, they said.
The Attorney General’s Office will seek civil penalties against National Energy Rebate Fund for violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
In 2003, Tailleur bought siding for her house from Elite Home Products, the merchant working with Stubbs’ rebate business. National Energy Rebate Fund, also known as National Energy Rebate and National Renewable Energy Rebate, refused to give Tailleur the $4,000 rebate she was expecting because she sent a required coupon by certified mail as opposed to registered mail, Tailleur said.
A postal office clerk told her it was basically the same, Tailleur said.
“They (NERF) claimed I didn’t send it the way they asked me to send it,” Tailleur said. “But they got the coupon.”
“I have talked to other people who didn’t get (the rebate) either,” she said.
“It made me sick. It was just a mess,” Tailleur said. “Those people are cheaters, and that’s all there is to it.”
Both Colorado’s and Wisconsin’s attorneys general are seeking to recoup money from Stubbs, who apparently has left the country. All of the money recovered would go to pay restitution to alleged victims of the rebate program.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said his office has 75 complaints on file against the company.
“We think clearly there were deceptive trade practices involved,” Suthers said.
Neighbors of Stubbs’ home near Monument and South Camp roads said he moved to Costa Rica in December. Stubbs’ brothers Matt and Mike Stubbs, and Realtor Tom Fee, who is selling Tim Stubbs’ $639,000 house, would not say or said they do not know where Tim Stubbs is.
According to an e-mail sent to the Free Press from the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office, a former defense attorney for the National Rebate Fund said Tim Stubbs might be in Panama.
Suthers said Thursday that if the state can’t find Stubbs and he fails to respond to public notices, they’ll go to court. If the court makes a judgment against the company, the state will go after Stubbs’ assets in order to pay the victims of the alleged rebate scam.
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