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.