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National Pro-Clean Corp. Professional Cleaning Associates Gary Clipperton

Complaint / review text:
National Pro-Clean Corp., aka Professional Cleaning Associates, headed by Gary Clipperton, ripped off my mother and I to the tune of $7000.00.

I answered an ad in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, stating: carpet cleaning company for sale.

My call was returned by Gary Clipperton, who informed me the business belonged to him, and he was selling, because he had decided to move back to Texas, to be near family.

$7000.00 was supposed to purchase all equipment, accounts, and office supplies, related to the business. Further 'incentives' included training, access to his 'network' of telemarketers, and an 'employee' that wanted to continue with the company.

After a number of phone conversations, and a face to face meeting with Clipperton, in which he showed copies of paperwork 'documenting' the legitamacy of the business,
A check for $7000.00 was issued to Gary Clipperton.

The 'employee' was not present at the meeting, which should have raised alarm bells.

The equipment was worth a maximum of $900.00.
The 'accounts', in fact, belonged to his former employee, who had been servicing them
independently, for months.

The documentation was fraudulent. The training consisted of his 'exclusive' cleaning processes, which were nothing more than common sense information, obtainable anywhere.

We did not discover we had been swindled, until I showed up to clean, what I thought was one of our weekly commercial clients, only to be ordered out, by the manager.

Further investigation rapidly confirmed that none of the clients belonged to Clipperton.
His 'network' turned out to be a collection of seedy characters, no legitimate businessman would associate with.

My mother and I, contacted a lawyer, and initiated legal action. Unfortunately, Clipperton fled to Texas, and filed for bankruptcy.

The financial setback of paying $7000.00 for what amounted to some used equipment, was devastating, at that time.

Gary Clipperton, has since returned to Colorado Springs, and is currently operating under the name, National Pro-Clean Corp. He is currently hawking his over-priced training manuals, and software.

I strongly advise against having anything to do with Gary Clipperton, or any of his shady companies. The lesson I learned was a hard one.

Contact information:
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Offender: National Pro-Clean Corp. Professional Cleaning Associates Gary Clipperton

Country: USA   State: Colorado   City: Colorado Springs
Address: 4320 Sable Ridge
Phone: 7195985112

Category: Education & Science

1 comment

Gary Clipperton May 19, 2017 12:54 AM
Rehash of the same old garbage

This complaint has been adequately refuted years ago on another website. However, the record needs to be set straight that any claims that I sold a business that I did not own is totally false.

The buyer (Mr. Patrick Burgess) personally reviewed all of the financial documents before purchasing our Colorado carpet cleaning business, over twenty-years ago. He inspected all customer records with names, addresses, service dates, billing amounts, phone numbers (for every account), all invoices and corresponding bank statements, and deposits. He even viewed the worksheets on how I calculated the bids. Burgess had all of the financials in front of him before he signed the contract. When a job was completed, the money from MY customers was deposited into MY bank account, and Burgess knows that.

I also personally took Burgess to a few of the largest accounts and introduced him to the managers, as the new company owner. Since I had personally sold each account, and cleaned their carpet, I also explained the details concerning each cleaning job. Prior to the purchase, Burgess had ample opportunity to call any or all of the customers. Every single account that was sold, was personally bid and landed by me. I cleaned the carpet, collected and deposited the checks into MY account. Even when the subcontractor I had hired cleaned the accounts, the checks were still deposited into MY account, which Burgess inspected prior to the purchase.
Certainly, it would be ludicrous and illegal to sell a business you did not own. The reason there were never any charges filed regarding this business transaction is because there were no grounds for it. I was NEVER informed of any illegal activity regarding the sale of the business. The only complication was a subcontractor that violated his non-compete agreement and my attorneys warning, and attempted after the sale to take a few accounts as his own.

I tried my best to force the subcontractor not to steal any of the accounts, as this was a violation of his non-compete contract. For some unknown reason the buyer mistakenly thought that all of the accounts were owned by the subcontractor. This is a false claim and Mr. Burges knows the accounts always belonged to me.

Mr. Burgess accompanied me in visiting a few of the customers, and I took him to clean a large account for in-depth training. In a few weeks, he was delighted to receive a nice check. About a month later I returned to Colorado to help with the business again. I repaired some equipment at no charge.

The biggest surprise was to learn that for some reason Mr. Burgess had developed animosity regarding the purchase of the business (even though there were no terms for a refund). I was totally shocked when we visited the manager of Children’s World Daycare where I introduced Mr. Burgess as the new owner. He would not make any eye contact and stared at the floor the whole time.

Being unfriendly, rude, or disrespectful to a customer is the kiss of death for a service business.
Gary Clipperton
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